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One of them was the existence wny an enclosed shopping mall in downtown Oshkosh, Wisconsin population 63, I always assumed that competition in Appleton and Fond du Lac killed a potential mall before it became a possibility. I was wrong. People realized even then this was sapping downtowns at the expense of suburban development, and in some cases the downtowns were failing completely.
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Rather than being faced with peopld decay xny blight, developers sought to resurge the languishing downtowns with destination venues, places that were more unique and offered a reason for people to escape the suburbs and come back downtown.
They realized the traditional downtown with rows of stores and services along a series of main streets was no longer a draw because people were doing this type of 21 male seeking mature in the suburbs where they lived, so they thought long and hard.
Someone came up with the idea of taking what was such a big hit in the suburbs and putting it downtown: Thus began the trend of enclosed, traditional malls being erected in downtowns across the country. Some of them have worked, but most have not. Prange Co. The center was oversquare feet in size, including anchors and office space, and included an U-shaped hallway with an impressive multi-level atrium with hanging modern art scupltures, common areas, and large amounts of office space above the Are there not any boring people in beloit.
Appleton already had a downtown mall of its own and two very small, aged enclosed centers on the north and south sides of town, respectively, but they were not as large or as regional a draw as Park Plaza.
Are there not any boring people in beloit 15 minutes north of Oshkosh, Fox River Mall immediately became a shopping destination for the entirety of the Fox River Valley region and all of northeast Wisconsin.
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tgere Even today, people regularly make weekend shopping trips from several hours away in the Upper Peninsula region of Michigan to Appleton.
Also, U. Prime Outlets opened a massive outlet mall on the southwest side of Oshkosh adjacent to U. In the early s the bottom fell out at Park Plaza and the stores began to leave in droves.
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Sears left inand returned in as Sears Grand along the U. In perhaps the most telling move of local retailing trends in the s, JCPenney Are there not any boring people in beloit their Park Plaza store for a standalone location along U. It remains there today. More offices moved into the mall and the Park Plaza Hotel continued to be successful operations. Even though none of the anchor stores were left and most of the stores were either vacant or converted to office space, it was very apparent it was once a large mall.
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Some of this may have already happened. Let us know more about Park Plaza Mall! Leave your personal anecdotes, historical facts, or other comments here. Amanda August 17th, at 3: Oshkosh had a mall?
I just thought they had the outlet center and that was it.
John August 17th, at 3: Great stuff; I love your blog. Keep up the good work.
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After reading this, borimg reminded me of another failed project that you might find interesting: Matt August 18th, at 2: Oh boy, have I got a lot to say about Park Plaza. Add in whatever you wish to your main post.
First, your pics, which as always with all your posts, are great, and especailly with these, help to fire up my memories of this place.
The atrium to Center Court can be seen though. Looks like you took this one standing near the former Sears store. This particular store shut down in the early s, while the rest of the chain went under in They were in about every Married wives wants sex Kamloops imaginable in Wisconsin, and they Are there not any boring people in beloit had other locations in other Are there not any boring people in beloit.
Concerts, flea markets, and the Miss Wisconsin pageant were all held here in the past. The city approves, citing the mall would be a boost to the then ailing downtown district. The mall is slated to house over 60 shops, anchored by two bboring two-level department stores, Sears, and H. Parking would be limited on the street level, but over spaces would be provided by a bi-level parking deck….
Entertainment is provided in the sun-filled center atrium of the mall. In allnearly 70 shops, services, and office spaces crammed into the sprawling complex.
Mall also recieves new carpet in seating areas, but is otherwise, left unchanged in appearance. This space would never be re-filled. A new food court is planned, and built out after long-time mall tenant, The Grey Fox supper club, shutters There is room for 8 food tenants, but only 5 end up occupied. Heros and Orange Julius move. This new food court was Are there not any boring people in beloit, a last-ditch effort to save the mall, which bywas half empty.
The Sears wing was mostly vacant by this Sexdating Holon girls, and the Prange wing is starting to lose longtime names. The entire wing empties out soon thereafter.
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Local tenants are noted. Center Court: Right inline space: Left inline space: Just a correction.
Where the two wings join at the center, is the huge center atrium. Ahh, theer the memories of this place Are there not any boring people in beloit its heydays. My first escalator trip was at the Sears in this mall. Those side hallways adjacent to the anchor stores were long and dark even in the daytime.
Christmastime at this mall was also something else. Truely magical, and sorely missed by this dead-mall-a-holic. If their plans are to convert it completely into offices, then so be it, but they should create riverfront retail space.
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Drywall over the drywall that was already there to begin with…. They should actually try expanding the Convention Center into the mall. Gut out some former store ay and such. I read somewhere they were having issues with expanding the convention center. Thanks a million for this one you guys. As always, keep up the excellent work.
November 21st, at 7: I grew up in Oshkosh.
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Your history of the mall is impressive but you are mistaken, there was a record store in the mall. If you went straight you would hit the aisle that became the food court. There was one one side a tobacco store and on the other side was a plaster works store that sold little statues and bric-a-brac. It was ran by a man Ladies wants sex MI Sawyer 49125 Pedro, my father would hang out there and talk with Pedro while my brother and I Are there not any boring people in beloit around the mall.
There was for the longest time right when the mall opened just a bakery in that stretch that became their food court. He would hand out cheese and sausage samples to people and the maintenance people would tell us that Morganton xxx live cam would find them on the floor closer to center court….
I guess they never figured out that we sometimes played baseball with the sticks of sausage and cheese. Also predating your time there, the very large unit where the wings meet that would outside abut on the river and Pearl St.
Ryan Are there not any boring people in beloit January noring, at 3: Ryan, Just happened upon this thread while chatting with a co-worker about having worked as the original manager of Park Plaza Video in Oshkosh. Miek Reply: December 24th, at That spot had tere been Team Electronics when the mall opened and I believe Radio Shack was there too.
The Musicland pulled out of the mall one night. They packed the place up and were gone in the morning. There were also a local sports store as well as a Chappies which fhere a regional chain at the time.
Matt, You remember a lot. I was 17 when the mall was built.
I loved it! A bunch of retired guys would sit in there watching the stock reports run by in banner style up on the wall. Matt from WI Reply: June 28th, at 2: