Jamestown Mall in St. Louis County closes

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FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) _ A north St. Louis County landmark is closing its doors.

Jamestown Mall is the latest mall to close. Officials in the Florissant area told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/WhFqha ) they hope that it creates an opening to transform the site.

The St. Louis County Planning Commission is expected to approve a “blighted area” declaration for the 1.2-million-square-foot parcel on Monday.

Ownership of the mall is divided among five parties. County Executive Charlie Dooley says the owners have not responded to county requests about redeveloping the property.

Macy’s, the last of the Jamestown Mall’s anchor stores, closed earlier this year, and by the end, few stores remained.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

12 comments

  • Cit Riverview

    The waste land of north county. This is what I said on the post-dispatch web page about James Town..”,I have the perfect usage. Let the feds bring all the ILLEGAL ALIENS COMING FROM MEXICO and house them there. Then Let Charlie Dooley becomes the Mayor of James Town Mall. We solve two problems, we get rid of Dooley out of the county Gov, and we also help Obama with his boarder problems.”

  • TheREALByeBye2CorporateHandouts

    Yeah, it was “blighted” to qualify it for huge taxpayer welfare handouts to sleezy developers so they can pretend like they’re interested in turning it around.

    We have the same thing here in Crestwood. The mall failed due to changing economics and better, easier to access malls farther out in the suburbs, so it’s sitting there empty – just waiting for the next huge welfare handout for the wealthy owners.

    Luckily for us, we previously had a mayor and aldermen who rejected calls to flush almost $30 MILLION down the toilet of taxpayer welfare handouts to the original developer. Unfortunately, of course, he lost the last election because wealthy developers poured money into the campaign of the guy who says “Oh, my, we MUST hand out tax dollars if we want to get this mall going again” and so as usual the 55% of people around here who are suckers (vote Republican, too) voted for the guy. So now there’s talk again of another welfare handout.

    When are people going to realize the intended purpose of government is NOT to be an investment partner for big business! It’s the “free market”, remember? Oh, that’s right, that only applies when it comes time for companies to make HUGE profits from things we need, like health insurance and gasoline, but it suddenly does NOT apply when it’s time for companies to build something with no risk whatsoever, so they are GUARANTEED a profit. That’s NOT how it’s supposed to work – but in today’s “government of big business, by big business, for big business” environment, that’s what’s happening.

    P.S. I get a kick out of all the right-wingers who will come in here and blame it, as they do everything, on poor black people and how that area is “run down” with poor black people and that’s what killed it. Really? Then what about Crestwood? Certainly no “run down” area around here – plenty of multi-million-dollar homes and plenty of conservative, well-off people. These malls die due to INFERIOR EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP with no vision or ideas, as is usually the problem in American business. American business is American business’ worst problem. If a business doesn’t have a creative idea on how to profit from a property, and is willing to finance it themselves, then they should stay home and let’s then just leave the property vacant. THAT’S called “free enterprise”.

    • Cit Riverview

      Just this one time I’ll agree with you on most of what you say. But The areas income level has more to do with the failure of those malls then you want to admit. If you don’t have Shoes on the ground coming into them with expendable income, you have nothing but a parking lot.

    • Bob

      Malls don’t fail for a single reason. Crestwood’s problem is that West County Mall is just up the road with easier access, and Crestwood’s aging population doesn’t spend a lot of money at the mall.

    • not surprised33

      as do i, just goes to show you how predominately certain type of neighborhoods treat the community around it

  • not surprised33

    The failing economy, the opening of the Mills, Sears, and Dillard’s leaving, and JC Penny being an outlet store, The lack of new stores being able to stay, and the fact for a time ruffians were only going to the mall just to fight therefore causing a mall curfew, it was only a matter of time. Though I am very surprised the mall held out longer than what i originally predicted.

  • Mary Frances Hagen

    I’m a North County person and really enjoyed shopping at Jamestown. Remember when it was really busy and the pool in the center of the mall where we would pitch penny’s, and all the decorations at Christmas time and Santa Clause. Jamestown was a fun place to shop and I’m really sad that is it gone.

    • Cit Riverview

      What’s with this nostalgia stuff, it was the same as River roads, or any other mall in the area that shutdown. They closed because they became un safe to visit and the people who had spendable income left for greener pastures. See Spanish lake the movie.

  • Lucy

    Cit Riverview…really you don’t know what you are talking about. The area is not run down. You people get on here ranting and raving and do not know what you are talking about. Its the same situation with Crestwood mall. IDIOT!!!

    • Cit Riverview

      I can Attest, I know more about the malls in North county then most. as for an Idiot, Your not my circus, not my monkey.

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