Dixie Square Shopping Center; renamed Dixie Mall in 1975
15201 Dixie Highway
Wards opened in 1965
Mall opened in 1966
Totally closed by 1979
The world’s first and most-famous/infamous “dead mall”. 800,000 square-foot enclosed shopping center with three anchors and two sub-anchors. Plagued by violent crime throughout the 1970s and shuttered in 1978, with the last stores gone early in the following year. Interior destroyed and never repaired in mid-1979 when a car chase for The Blues Brothers was filmed both around and in the mall – which had been “dressed up” to appear open for the movie. Ravaged by scrappers and vandals over the following decades, sold and partially-demolished in 2005/2006, and finally finished-off in 2012.
Status: DEMOLISHED 2012
Flickr sets: Ghost Mall series
Video: Dixie Square Mall series
Loot: 1965 construction photos, letters to & from a purse-snatching victim, BankAmericard sticker from TurnStyle, site plans and blueprints, management documents, Thom McAn neon sign and countless other artifacts I’ve not yet published.
Penneys Auto Center; Dixie Automotive Center (possibly others in-between)
15101 Dixie Highway
Penneys Auto Center: 1966-1978
Dixie Automotive Center: 90s?
The last original building from the Dixie Square Mall complex – built as the outparcel tire/battery/auto center for the mall’s JCPenney. Renovated and used as another auto shop and Daewoo dealership later-on. Gutted by the time I got to it – but it was always locked when the mall was still standing, so it was still neat to finally see.
Status: ACTIVE; converted to The Entrance nightclub in 2016
Article: Penneys Auto Center
Flickr set: 1/5/2015