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Location DB > United States > New York > Schenectady > The Mohawk Mall
The Mohawk Mall
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created by Schdysmostwanted on 4/12/2006 4:07 PM
last modified by Gremm_Paltakin on 4/29/2015 3:12 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Used to be a one of a kind hometown mall.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
 Physical Information
Balltown Road
Schenectady, New York
United States
Owner: no idea
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    • A one-of-a-kind Mall.
    • Opened October 5, 1970
    • 752,096 square feet
    • Cost a mere $25,000,000
    • Had 4,000 Parking Spaces

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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1970
    Closed: 2001
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    Constructed in 1970, Mohawk Mall wasn't intended to be as large as Colonie Center, but to offer a newer and closer alternative for an enclosed mall for the residents of Schenectady, Niskayuna, and other surrounding areas. The Mall opened to the public on October 5, 1970.
    The mall was originally anchored by a Montgomery Ward, The Boston Store, J.M. Fields, and also featured Pantry Pride. Amidst all of these anchors, the mall was still small in size, and in the 1970's that wasn't a problem. The shoppers came in droves. The Mohawk Mall catered to medium sized anchors, which were king of the market until the mid 80's, when they started to lose ground to the big box retailers. Eventually Pantry Pride closed and Price Chopper leased the space.

    The Mohawk Mall Cinema opened as a twin (350 seats each) in 1970 by Carroll's Development Corporation. In the mid 70's, they leased the adjacent former health club and turned it into a third auditorium, seating 500. Cinema 3 had its own separate entrance, box office, and concession stand. In 1985 the theater, now operated by CinemaNational, expanded to a 7-Plex. The new building connected the existing three theaters. The theater was purchased by USA Cinemas in 1987, then by Loews in 1988.

    In the early 1990's Media Play leased the space left vacant by the Boston Store. This was the last new anchor the Mohawk Mall would ever see.

    Media Play sold books, music, movies, electronics, toys, snacks, some clothing, and video games. This diverse centralized product mix competed with many of the specialized stores in the mall.
    Eventually Price Chopper closed, which was quickly divided into smaller spaces. Fay's Drugs and the Paper Cutter moved into the newly divided space. Fay's was later acquired by Eckerd, who pulled the pharmacy out of the mall because of competition from the CVS store in the mall. They moved Eckerd's to a nearby plaza. The Paper Cutter folded as well, and Present Co. was mired up in bankruptcy. After those stores closed, traffic to that portion of the mall had decreased, creating a dead spot.

    In 1984, the Crossgates Mall, a super-regional mall, was constructed, and began to hurt other small malls in the region. small stores in Mohawk Mall suffered, and Bradlees, the malls last anchor in the west side of the mall, closed a wave of under reforming stores, included was the Mohawk Mall store. McDonalds and other smaller tenants, seeing the writing on the wall, pulled out as well. By the mid 90's only a Radio Shack, Foot Locker, Cosmo's Pizza, CVS, Friendly's, Gallery 44, Sony Cinemas and Fleet Bank in the mall, excluding the anchors. Low traffic to the mall caused an exodus of smaller stores.

    In 1996 Montgomery Ward, closed almost ALL of it's NY state stores, which left only Media Play and Marshalls. The mall, which hadn't received any form of redevelopment since it's opening in 1970 began to look very dated, shoppers avoided the "ghost mall" The few remaining stores threw in the towel the following year. Leaving the mall virtually vacant by 1999. Only the Media Play, Marshalls, Gallery 44 and Rex which weren't even accessible from the inside of the mall remained.

    Wilmorite ceased any and all maintenance of the mall, and allowed it to fall into disrepair. The roof leaked for years, and plaster fell into the mall, all while the building was still opened to the public. It would be demolished in the fall of 2000. Gallery 44 was ordered to move out, and the 3 remaining anchors remained open while the mall was being demolished around them.

    The site is now a successful strip-mall called Mohawk Commons, with several big-box stores, such as Target, Lowes.
     Media Coverage
    Few times in the newspaper including me, when i was 5 was in the paper for a childrens fair there.
     Future Plans
    Was demolished in phases completely by 2003, site has since been reconstructed into a strip mall.
    We use to smoke pot behind it
    Wed, Jun 20th, 2007
    posted by MONSTER_OF_ROCK

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     Photo Galleries
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    Mon, Mar 30th, 1998
    posted by Gremm_Paltakin
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    Mon, Mar 30th, 1998
    posted by Gremm_Paltakin
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    During Decline ~ 1998
    Fri, May 1st, 1998
    posted by Gremm_Paltakin
    10 pictures
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    Historical Photos
    Sat, Oct 18th, 2008
    posted by Gremm_Paltakin
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Astro on 5/1/2015 9:09 PM.

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  • on May 1 15 at 21:09, Astro validated this location
  • on Apr 29 15 at 15:12, Gremm_Paltakin changed the following: History
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  • on Apr 27 15 at 14:11, Gremm_Paltakin changed the following: History
  • on Apr 27 15 at 13:25, Gremm_Paltakin updated gallery 2
  • on Apr 27 15 at 13:25, Gremm_Paltakin updated gallery 2
  • on Apr 27 15 at 13:24, Gremm_Paltakin added some pictures to a gallery
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  • on Apr 27 15 at 13:17, Gremm_Paltakin created a new gallery
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