COLUMBIA MALL: BLOOMSBURG, PA
Aaron Sica's Commentary
Posted May 3, 2011 (user submitted November 1, 2009)
The Columbia Mall is in a small town called Buckhorn, just outside Bloomsburg, PA. It opened in fall 1988 amid much fanfare, as the nearest mall was 1/2 hour away. Sears and JCPenney, which had stores in downtown Bloomsburg, closed their downtown stores to come to the new mall.
To this day, they remain....But that's just about the only positive in this mall. It once had everything that a mall shopper is looking for - a bookstore (Friar Tuck), an arcade (Boardwalk Blvd), and many clothing stores. For the hungry person, there was Arby's, a McDonald's, Auntie Anne's, a pizza shop, and even a full-serve restaurant.
Today, all of the above stores are gone, with the exception of Auntie Anne's and the pizza shop. Over half the stores are vacant.
Erica Nevin's Commentary
Posted May 3, 2011 (user submitted March 22, 2010)
I have been a student at Bloomsburg University for 4 years now and I have seen the Columbia Mall wither away quickly. The only modern stores for customers in the high school/college age range are Victoria's Secret and GAP. They had a DEB and a Claire's but they have, along with the majority of the stores once residing there, pulled out of the mall. It seems that there are more empty stores than existing stores in this mall and I think it would be best for the town to just close it down and build something more profitable in its space.
Posted May 3, 2011 (user submitted September 22, 2010)
This mall is on a downward spiral of closing. Just recently, Gap left, Auntie Anne's(the only place to get any food or drink), and many other stores have closed. It is a "dead" mall and you should feature it...
The sad thing is this mall could be great and it was at one time years ago. It is near our major University, only a few miles from the college. It is starting to look like a flea market. The anchor stores are still there, Sears, Jcpenney and Bon Ton but the selection of clothes is bad.