Chris S's Commentary

Posted January 28, 2006 (user submitted)

This used to be the big mall for tax free shopping in Nashua. It had Woolco and Almy's as anchors. Later a Montgomery Ward would be built behind the mall. A Child World was built next to the mall. There was a 4 screen movie theater across the parking lot. The mall had lots of small stores including national tenants such as Fanny Farmer, Orange Julius and a Hallmark store. Eventually Almy's was closed and replaced with Burlington Coat Factory, and Woolco closed and was replaced with Bradlees. Montgomery Ward closed and was replaced by Ames. In the past few years the mall has slowly been redeveloped. First, the former Child World area was demolished and replaced by Nashua's second Home Depot store. The Bradlees closed and was replaced by Kohl's and the mall entrance was sealed. The movie theater was demolished to make way for a Bugaboo Creek and a Wendy's. Half of the mall was then sealed to make way for a new Christmas Tree Shops store. Not soon after the rest of the mall was closed to make an LL Bean outlet and Babies R Us.

This mall lasted for a very long time, however its demise made perfect sense. This fairly small mall was nothing in comparison to the 2 floor Pheasant Lane Mall, which was anchored by Jordan Marsh, Filene's, Sears, JCPenney, and Lechmere, and that mall was even closer to the Massachusetts border, gaining more people taking advantage of lack of sales tax in New Hampshire. Today, the mall has been renamed Nashua Mall Power Center and is a very successful redevelopment of a tired retail property.

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