When we hear about a once popular and busy mall closing, it is usually because most of the businesses have closed. While a lot of the retail spaces appear to be vacant, Eastland Mall in Columbus, Ohio was forced to close because of ongoing health and safety violations.
Much like Evansville's Washington Square Mall, Eastland Mall in Columbus was that area's first enclosed shopping area. It was built in 1966 with a Lazarus, just like Evansville's Eastland had back in the day.
So, after 54 years in Columbus, Ohio Eastland Mall closed for good at the end of December 2022. The owner says the new plan is to demolish the entire mall.
Eastland Mall permanently closing, months after being marked ‘public nuisance’
Evansville's Eastland Mall is Still Open
Not only is Eastland Mall in Evansville, IN still open, but so is Washington Square Mall. The Evansville Rescue Mission has played a big part in bringing some life back to Washington Square Mall. Mission Grounds Coffee and The Thrift Store by Evansville Rescue Mission opened in 2022.
Then & Now - Evansville's Washington Square Mall Through the Years
Evansville is home to a lot of unique buildings including the first enclosed retail shopping center in Indiana. Yes, our very own Washington Square Mall was the place to be when it opened in 1963. If you walk through the mall today, you would never guess how alive the shops were, even through the 1980s. Enjoy this walk down memory lane I've put together, and maybe someday there will be new life inside 5011 Washington Ave.
Then and Now - See Inside Evansville, Indiana's Eastland Mall
Eastland Mall opened in 1981, and it has changed a lot through the years. JC. Penny still anchors the mall on one end, and what was Lazarus Department Store is now Macy's.
Best Friends Recreate 90's Throwback Memories with Retro Photoshoot at Evansville's Washington Square Mall
Simply Savvy Photography recreated everyone's favorite 90's mall memories in a retro photoshoot featuring Tay and Ashlyn. They brought the fun back to present-day Washington Square Mall.