Monday, April 16, 2007

The Daily Mall Reader: Joliet Mall Makeover

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"Joliet Mall Overhaul In Works"
'Lifestyle centers' may be the trend, but Westfield has plans to stay competitive

The Herald News - March 13, 2007

(Excerpt) JOLIET -- Lifestyle malls, with their fancy architecture and enticing boutiques, may be trying to woo shoppers away from the boxy, old malls, but not everyone is willing to lose business to the latest retail mistress.

Westfield Group, the Los Angeles-based company that owns Westfield Louis Joliet, is planning not only to update the interior of the 29-year-old building but also to construct a new shopping plaza and movie theater.

"New elements, new life, new energy," is how Catharine Dickey, a Westfield spokeswoman, described the plan.

Read the full article here.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Chris Sobieniak said...

Oh well, if it happened to Franklin Park over here, it'll happen to them too!

Mon Apr 16, 04:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Didi said...

I guess now that this article answers some of my questions I had in the other Joliet Mall post.

"Lifestyle malls, with their fancy architecture and enticing boutiques, may be trying to woo shoppers away from the boxy, old malls, but not everyone is willing to lose business to the latest retail mistress."

Had to smirk at that statement. Who in the world find's a lifestyle center architecturally fancy? People who have zero concept of architecture.

Mon Apr 16, 07:08:00 PM  
Blogger Chris Sobieniak said...

Didi said...
I guess now that this article answers some of my questions I had in the other Joliet Mall post.

"Lifestyle malls, with their fancy architecture and enticing boutiques, may be trying to woo shoppers away from the boxy, old malls, but not everyone is willing to lose business to the latest retail mistress."

Had to smirk at that statement. Who in the world find's a lifestyle center architecturally fancy? People who have zero concept of architecture.


True, very true. I still think those places are pointless personally.

Tue Apr 17, 01:18:00 AM  
Blogger Cora said...

The 1970s photo looks much more inviting than any "lifestyle center" ever could.

Tue Apr 17, 06:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

They should drop these silly redicullouslly fancy names like "lifestyle center" or "the shoppes at..." and just call what it is, which everybody knows it is, its a freaking outdoor mall.

About the architecture of these "stylish" places they're a bad attempt at recreating classical/traditional architecture of downtowns and regular towns(post-modernist),problem is they turn out to look more disneyland-ish than their real life counterparts and a lot more blank facaded having no true architectual details like the older building had) . While the shopping experience in these places does seem more community-like it still puzzles me if these outdoor malls are supposed to be like towns,then why are all the streets NAMELESS??
and if they want an outdoor area for shopping there is one IT'S CALLED DOWNTOWN, PEOPLE!!!

I think this is proof no modern building can truely duplicate historical architecture.

Thu Apr 19, 10:07:00 PM  

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