KINGS MALL: KINGSTON, NY
Jack Thomas' Commentary:
Posted July 2, 2003, Revised March 20th, 2005
Kings Mall opened in the 1975, and was originally called Mammoth Mall,
because of th Mammoth Mart located in the mall. The Mammoth Mart chain was aquired by King's
Department Stores in the 80's, and the store at "Mammoth" Mall was no exception.
It was replaced by a King's, and the mall's name changed to Kings Mall.
Kings soon closed the store in Kingston, and a small Service Merchandise or Consumers catalog store, along with a furniture store moved into the mall.
In the late 80's, the Service Merchandise closed, and well as the furniture store.
Marshall's moved into the old Service Merchandise space, and the old furniture store
split in half, with the left space occupying a lousy kids clothing store called
Klub Kids. The other half remained vacant for a number of years. However, on the otherside
of the mall, their wasn't much change at all. CVS was there from the beginning, and so was Weis
Supermarkets. But, in 2000, that changed with the closing of Weis, and that space was divided up
into two spaces, with one being the new home to a Homegoods store. If there's irony, it would
be that Homegoods is owned by the same company as Marshalls, which is also in the plaza. The other space
has been recently occupied by a Modell's Sporting Goods store. The other half of the old furniture
store has now been filled as well, with a local party store.
Also, the mall has recently recieved a facelift, with a new facade, and windows at the entrances(like
the place didn't have enough already:P). Kings Mall was popular in the first days of the "retail age" in
Kingston, but, now, with the Hudson Valley Mall, hardly anyone goes there, except for CVS, and the new Modell's,
and possibly, Marshalls and Homegoods, which haven't really breathed new life to the "mall".
Pete Blackbird's Commentary:
Not really a mall, but I was there, so I visited it... what the
heck. It's a plaza that was built along time ago, and enclosed
its walkway, probably to try and compete with the Hudson Valley
Mall. It smells funny inside, and it's annoying to have to walk
to a doorway to get to the parkinglot. Anyhow, the vacancy was
at a minimum, and it's holding it's own.
Major tenants are as follows. Some grocery store I've never
heard of, Marshalls, and CVS.