Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Perinton Square Mall

There is no comparison between the Perinton Square Mall and the nearby mammoth Eastview Mall in Victor. While Eastview Mall is much much larger and has the name brand stores, this small little mall still seems to be doing okay with mostly local shops. It also has a large regional anchor and a national chain as a secondary anchor.

Sounds familiar doesn't it? You'll recall a similar situation I previously posted about with Meadville's Downtown Mall. The biggest difference between the two is that while Big Lots is a national chain, Tops (a regional supermarket) is not. Also, Tops is not connected to the mall. There is also a lot more vacancies here.

The mall opened in the early 1970s. And it feels like it has never been updated since. The mall shape is pretty much a L-shaped corridor with two entrances at both ends of the long side of the L. There is also an entrance in the middle of the mall that leads directly into the corridor. There is also a plaza that is connected to the building, but does not have mall access.

You can see the gap in between the buildings here. This is the area that leads directly into the middle of the mall corridor.

 Most Tops locations of this size would of have two entrances, one on each side of the jut out area. The left side entrance here was bricked in likely when this Tops location became a Martin's prototype store for a bit.

This is looking down the short section of the L-shape.

Mirrors on the ceiling

Rite Aid serves as the secondary anchor.
Nice little touch of history on the wall.

The plaza portion of the shopping center.
I can't say I see a whole lot of changes coming for this place, unless stores close or more local stores open. Like I said at the beginning of the post, it seems to be doing okay.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Kmart #3884

NOTE: Once again, this month's Kmart tour comes from outside the blog's coverage area.

Just like Honesdale, this store in Matamoras, PA is also a '90s build. Unlike Honesdale, this store was actually a relocation. It had relocated from a former Grants (just across the state line) in Port Jervis, NY:

The former Grants/Kmart store in Port Jervis. One of the key reasons Kmart relocated was because this plaza had flooded and condemned at one time. It is in much better shape though still empty.

A map of the store.

The old photo area is now used as a stockroom. As such you would not normally see this. I just happened to catch the Olan Mills signage while the door was open.
Former cafe

Something that isn't very common to find at Kmart stores, pre-packaged baked goods.

Another uncommon sight, a 3-D sign for greeting cards.
This store was meant for greater things since it has belt-driven checkout lanes.

This racetrack floor was apparently used for DVD rentals at one time. It is now cleverly used for mattresses.
Rating: 9 out of 10

I honestly can't ask for a better store. It was clean and well-stocked. I had no problems navigating around. My only complaint, though not the store's fault, would be for updated signage.

In Danger of Closing?

The store appears to be doing rather well. It has an easy to get to location right off I-84 and is visible from the interstate as well. It had enough customers to support it and I feel with a little TLC this store can make it.