Retail historians, Peter Blackbird and Brian Florence decided to take Pete's hobby and make it visible to the Internet.
Fascinated by the ever-changing face of retail, Pete has researched and learned as much as he could about the many facets of the retail industry. Having himself worked for Hills department stores during their transition into Ames, along with Brian who worked at a Caldor, as well as other various retail-oriented contacts, they find themselves captivated by the current trends in the retail industry, and have seen first-hand the demise of many of these great giants of retail.
Thanks to the power of the internet, we have been able to compile information from people all over the web, contributing invaluable information to our cause!
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I started Deadmalls.com with my friend Pete Blackbird in 2000 when we both realized that Pete had mountains of
data about dead and dying malls stuck up in his head. Why keep this information to yourself? And, realizing the burgeoning power of the internet and its ability to draw in more information, the site was created to harness stories of woe and merriment from others. Its been a great success, and very interesting to maintain and keep this site going.
Lee Eisenberg describes me as "a personable chap named Brian Florence, who's in his early thirties, works
for an insurance company, and lives in Glens Falls, New York. <snip> Tech savvy (he also maintains
a site called www.sodafinder.com dedicated to ferreting out
and selling rare or defunct bottled soda), Florence launched Deadmalls.com as a favor to a buddy
whose idea of a compelling weekend is to drive hundreds of miles to take the
pulse of an endangered mall."
(see the press page for the article entitled What's in Store
for the Suburban Mall?)
Ever since Peter Blackbird saw how a shopping mall he had visited at the age of eleven had turned into
a "ghost town" two years later, he started to visit malls and thus charted "history of retail" on the basis of
the stories he gathered. Determined to ensure that 'dead malls' merited a page in history; Blackbird turned to
his friend Brian Florence to bring Deadmalls.com to life in 2000.
Having always been semi-interested in retail from a young age, I never fully grasped the concept of malls that have failed in the world. That changed when I started to witness the failure of two malls
in the area which I grew up. Setting out into the vast world of the internet back in 2001 to discover more information, I stumbled upon Deadmalls.com, browsed through the different articles, and the rest is history.
The website was still relatively young back then, but
after numerous contributions from viewers like you and a spotlight in the media world, Deadmalls.com has transformed into the website you see before you. I am happy to be a part of the experience of getting this information out there and hope that your memories are sparked by what you read as you puruse through these pages.
I met Brian in 2005 through Deadmalls.com and Sodafinder.
I proofread sodafinder and deadmalls. I'm glad to be able to do my part to contribute to
Deadmalls.com. We receive a lot of email, and its up to me
to make sure the ones that do make the cut get sent to Brian and Jack to be posted.
I've done retail research most of my life, starting when the Ames in my hometown of Hampton, Virginia
closed in 1990. Ever since then, I've always kept track of closed stores and the progress (or in some cases, deaths)
of the malls in my area.
George R. Carlisle
Rich Kummerlowe (see OrangeRoof.org)
Toby Weiss (see his personal site)
Arthur C. Adams,
Rick De La Cuesta,
Diego Garcia III,
Karen Ann Grienbrier,
Matthew R. Hicks,
Herbert M Hunter,
Son H Mai,
Jill Hoffmann Mach,
M. Sean Rizzo,
Andy S Rodriguez,
Andrew San Juan,
Nathan E Smith,
Benton & Zach Stokes,
Randall Von Bloomberg,
Catie McIntyre Walker,
Bill T. Williams,
David Wojcik ,
Anonymous from San Antonio,
(sorry to anyone we've missed, let us know if you have content on the site!)
Deadmalls.com is featured in a documentary
Roger Ebert's Review of "Malls R Us". 3 stars!
See info about Malls R Us on Icarus Films' web site.
Doc Zone did a great job of repackaging, renarrating,
and bringing this material up to date given the current economic climate.
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