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We're driving through the valley of the malls...

Several weeks ago, I was at Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles, IL, with Katie to do some shopping and see a movie.

While there, I was checking in via Gowalla to both the mall and all the stores that we were hitting up. I remember leaving a comment about the sad state of the mall.

A little background... St. Charles once had two relatively thriving malls. About 15 years ago, one of them (St. Charles Mall) went under completely leaving a vacant building that they started tearing down about a decade ago. They finally finished tearing it down four or five years ago.

There's still nothing in its place.

Charlestowne Mall has its own set of problems. With the spate of outdoor plaza/malls going up in the area, the demand for indoor malls is nil. And this despite how cold it gets in this area in the winter.

Anyway, I left a comment about the mall on Twitter via Gowalla and almost immediately received replies from a couple local Tweeps agreeing about how bad it was. And we all also agreed that the mall pretty much only had a couple things going for it...

Charlestowne has always been saved by the fact it has a pretty decent theater and some solid anchor stores. It has even been rumored that developers had been interested in purchasing the mall and creating some kind of indoor fun center to give it some life. I heard an ice rink might be installed. Pretty cool. I assumed it was because they saw a future based on these few remaining positives.

However, I'm not sure that will still happen. On the way home from up north yesterday, Katie and I saw one of those big going-out-of-business signs and discovered it was for the Sears at Charlestowne.

Wow. I had no idea that Sears was still having trouble. I thought their fortunes had actually turned a bit.

Guess not. If an anchor as big as Sears is going under, this mall won't be around long. The rest of the anchors will likely make attempts to find greener pastures and, if that happens, I'm not sure how well the theater will do.

Brodie and T.S. Would be so disappointed. Plazaratting just ain't the same.

We're driving through the valley of the malls...

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