Andrew T.

Andrew T.

Posted on 12/11/2008


Photo taken on October  1, 2004




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Mountaineer Mall, Morgantown, WV

Mountaineer Mall, Morgantown, WV
During my college years at West Virginia University from 2003 to 2007, I had two shopping malls available at my disposal: The thriving Morgantown Mall, and the dying Mountaineer Mall.

The Mountaineer Mall opened in 1975, anchored by JCPenney, Montgomery Ward, and Murphy's Mart. In spite of a botched '80s expansion (adding a fourth anchor, Stone & Thomas, and a line of stores with only exterior entrances), it fell on hard times in the '90s and is hanging by a thread today.

These pictures were taken in 2004, when Wal-Mart (of all things) was practically the only thing that brought people in. Since then both Wal-Mart and another anchor have closed, leaving the remains of the mall in a downright pitiful state.

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