Jack Thomas' Commentary:

Posted October 5, 2003 (user submitted)
(includes info provided by Barry Scott and Justin N.)

This mall opened in 1968 as part of a downtown renewal effort and a means to add more office and retail space to the Downtown. The mall was located on the site of the former Adam, Meldrum, and Anderson store (AM&A's). They moved across the street in 1961. The mall really has no anchors. It was once anchored by Kobacker's, which later changed to Sattler's, but that space was turned into a food court on the upper level, and more stores on the lower level. The mall is now basically anchored by office space. There are some traditional stores left such as Payless Shoes, and Waldenbooks. Other mall tenants such as The Limited, Thom McChan shoes, and others, are all gone. Still, the mall continues to struggle forward.

There have been plans to revitalize parts of the mall but nothing has come to fruition yet. The only thing I can see revitalizing this property is [more] offices. To me, its not really worth saving, because of the blight of the city.

I recommend a stop to this piece of retail history. Its still open, and there are still a number of tenants left. Good luck trying to take pics of this place, though. On all the doors it warns you, "No Cameras allowed".

Links: Main Place Mall's web site

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