The purpose behind a successful mall is to meet all the shopper’s needs: a food court and places to buy furniture, clothing, entertainment, and electronic gadgets. However, all great things must come to an end; and malls in the modern age are increasingly ending up abandoned and subsequently demolished. Because online shopping is so popular (alongside staggering costs in rent), malls all over the US are being shut down and left to rot. Finding the time to go shopping these days can be quite a hassle, and everything is easier when it’s done online; especially during the holidays and the now-infamous “Black Friday”.
No one will be placing any calls from this mall anytime soon. Source: Distractify
More withered plants and fallen ceiling tiles reflect the sad state of this American mall. Source: Distractify
There was an attempt to clean up the remnants of this mall at some point, and even that was abandoned. Source: Distractify
From another angle, many darkened storefronts pepper the landscape of urban decay.
A fallen plant signifies the death of its commerce-driven surroundings. Source: Distractify
This once shopping area has now somehow become home for many, many fish. Source: GalleryHip
Not even a splash of green can breathe life back into this dead mall. Source: Distractify
This small Illinois mall was built in 1966 and closed in 1978. It enjoyed a very short ride, and died before even the internet had a chance to kill it. Source: iO9
This jewelry store almost looks as if it has been looted instead of simply closed. Source: Distractify
No customers to provide service to any longer- they are all buying their goods online. Source: Distractify
A dilapidated outdoor entrance is unwelcoming. Source: Distractify
Outdoor elements have fought their way into this structure before its demolition. Source:
Puddles and broken glass populate the hall instead of people. Source: Distractify
Here’s a sad storefront that once upon a time contained a thriving business and gave jobs to employees. Source: Distractify
The shattered glass of an escalator that once carried many happy teenagers. Distractify
You can almost see the ghosts of bustling shoppers scurrying about. Source: Distractify
It’s anyone’s guess what was torn from its home here on a stage-like platform. Source: Distractify
The top and bottom halves of this mall scene tell two different stories. Source: Distractify
Water damage is prevalent in this once vibrant and convenient shopping area. Source: Distractify
Shopping malls enjoyed their heyday before the internet came to knock them down. Malls were the only place where everything was in one convenient location; not only were malls an important part of consumer culture, but were also a part of regular American life. Many films, especially ones from the 80s and 90s, heavily feature shopping malls as an important location. Mallrats, Clueless, The Blues Brothers, and George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, all have characters who spend major time in malls (though one just happens to be filled with zombies).
The very first enclosed shopping mall was built in Edina, Minnesota in 1956. Minnesota is also home to one of the biggest malls in the nation ,the Mall of America, which gets about 40 million visitors annually. The Mall boasts four levels and over 400 specialty shops and restaurants. So far it still stands…
The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall is a photo series/book by Seph Lawless that takes a look at the end of an era: the decline of the American shopping mecca known as the “mall”.