Though I have lived in Memphis for a good many years, I was never present during the days when the Mall of Memphis was in operation. And every time someone has referenced the Mall of Memphis, the term “Mall of Murder” is announced.
This fetches a moment of curiosity each time. How does a huge successful mall perish? What is the reason behind the catchy nickname? And, mostly, what is the reason for having a massive mall anyway?
One could debate a mall brings together a diverse group of people together in one centralized location, much like that of a park to partake in activities of walking and socializing. (Shopping is a +1 for the mall, particularly if you are in need of a kitten calendar, jeans, or a good pretzel.) And I will agree with this point because, although I scarcely attend a mall, when I do I enjoy the recreation of people-watching and certainly there is a wide variety of people in sight. Young kids get dropped off to buy something noteworthy at Hollister while they pass by and socialize with their peers for school social status. There are moms pushing strollers or children attached to parents because they have no choice in life, but maybe they’ll get a cookie or ice cream. Older humans speed-walk for exercise in air-conditioning. And that middle-aged man with facial hair is sitting on the bench waiting for his wife to emerge out of Dillards.
Certainly they are a diverse group in age with different interests and personalities but are they that much different in economic status? And did they not all use a car to get to the mall in the first place? Regardless, malls are still being built and people are still generating attendance to their nearest geographical mall, at least ones recognized as safe and appealing. So it’s a bit strange to hear a mall that was once deemed an appealing popular landmark, completely shut its doors even in the midst of nearby living neighborhoods and hotels, but it’s also quite intriguing.
To see an amazing slew of old Mall of Memphis commercials featuring a particular family who adores large mall pizza, glamour shots, and women partaking in aerobics, check out mallofmemphis.org which will also bless you with additional fun factoids, memories, and interesting articles on the Mall of Memphis.
For a particularly fascinating article on fear being the foremost cause of the mall’s ceasing, read here: http://www.mallofmemphis.org/Main/Conclusions
Thanks to mallofmemphis.org for providing images and a place to learn about this mall to someone like me who didn’t have the privilege of experiencing it in person.