Eulogy for the Palm Beach Mall.

The Palm Beach Mall is closing its doors for good on Sunday. Afterwards it will turn into yet another abandoned building sure to turn into yet another eyesore here in West Palm Beach.
Today I wanted to pay the empty mall one last visit, strolling around inside with my camera to take pictures of its vacant interior. When I got there, all the doors were already locked. A security officer on duty informed me that all the stores inside the mall were closed. There was no entering the mall now.
I have all kinds of memories of the Palm Beach Mall. I remember going there when I was a kid when my family went there to go shopping. It was once a busy, busy place with a wide assortment of stores, such as Jordan Marsh, Spec’s, Spencer Gifts, The Barefoot Mailman, even a pet store. It also had Waldenbooks, Babbage’s, Waldensoft, Woolworth’s and a movie theater.
Later when I became old enough to work, I was employed at the Sears store there, working as a package pickup clerk where I took merchandise out to customers’ cars. During my lunch breaks, I would stroll around the mall, visiting the arcade to play video games and go browsing at the many stores that were open. There was enough browsing to fill a whole day.
In its later years, the Palm Beach Mall began its decline. Many of my favorite stores went out of business, turning the mall into a ghost town. And now, nothing is open except for just two stores, JCPenney and George’s Music. I can’t imagine what it’s like to work at those stores, knowing they’re attached to an empty mall that will never again be the lively place it once was. I don’t know how much longer those two stores are going to remain open but for now they are still in business. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens to the empty mall. Hopefully it will be better than what’s there now.
Goodbye, Palm Beach Mall. You will be missed.
If you haven’t seen it already, check out my earlier post about the Palm Beach Mall, in which I include some photos I took inside the dying mall.

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