Edward Egolf's Commentary

Posted December 3, 2005 (user submitted November 6, 2005)

I was browsing your site and came to discover that you had one of the two malls in Carlisle, Pennsylvania listed on your site. I was very surprised to not see the MJ Mall in Carlisle on the site. So I thought I would submit it for you.

This mall was the "other mall" in Carlisle in the 70's and 80's. It, unlike the Carlisle Plaza Mall started out as a enclosed mall. The mall it self had 3 mail box stores in it for most of it's existance. THose being a Montgomery Ward's on the North End, a Woolworth's in the middle and a Woolco on the South End. In between there were smaller stores (like most malls). It had a People's Drug Store, Kinney Shoe store (before Kinney closed), Gordon's Jewlery store, a Fifth Ave. Card Store. At least there are a few that I remember. It was a single level mall with several fountains in the middle.

In late 80's a 8 screen movie theater was added to try to bring business back to the mall. However, as this mall added very thing attractions in the 70's and 80's, the Carlisle Plaza mall was rebuilt into an enclosed mall. As a result all, the more popular stores were at that mall.

As the life span of this mall began to come to an end, several changes in occupancy occured. When Woolco closed in the 80's a Hills Department store took over the space (which was later renamed Ames when that chain baught Hills). Ames continued to occupy the space until that chain went under. The Wards store was one of the last stores to close for that area as was the Woolworth's.

By the mid 90's there were several attempts to bring a Wal-Mart to the mall. THis finally happend around 2000 when most of the mall was torn down. The only orginial part of the mall that remains is the south end (old Woolco/Hills) end. As of December 2004, that space was occupied by a Marshall's or TJMaxx and a Sears Surplus store. The center section of the mall is now a Wal-Mart Supercenter and the north end is now a strip mall.

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