HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI) – When was the last time you went to the St. Louis Mills Mall? An urban explorer’s footage from the shopping center is getting a lot of attention online. A Reddit post about the clip has hundreds of comments.
YouTube user “Ravenda” posted a video of a mostly abandoned space. There are a few stores open and a several people can be seen walking around. But, there is not a lot of activity in the halls of the mall.
The mall cost $250 million to open in November 2003 with over 200 shops and eight anchor stores. The name of the location was changed to St. Louis Outlet Mall in 2012. The 1.2 million square foot space sold for $4.4 million in February 2016.
New outlet malls in Chesterfield have ramped up competition. Tenant occupancy at the Hazelwood shopping center has plunged in recent years.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Namdar Realty Group says that they are working to discover where the demand is. Redevelopment could replace some areas with offices or warehouse space.