MEADOWS TOWN MALL: ROLLING MEADOWS, IL
Posted April 1, 2006 (user submitted)
Back in the mid 1980's, when indoor malls were still all the rage, the town of
Rolling Meadows had its own moderate-sized, local-scale development in Meadows
Town Mall. The old Treasury discount store at Golf and Algonquin Roads had been
vacant for several years, when its basic skeleton structure was redeveloped
into a single level mall. As a testament to the size of the original Treasury,
its building did not have to sustain a great deal of expansion to allow for the
Meadows Town Mall had its grand opening circa 1986. There were two original
anchors hooked by a long east-west hallway, complete with several entryways
facing both north and south. Waccamaw Pottery was situated at the west end of
the mall. It was the first large-scale home goods category-killer in our area,
and no store to this day matches its size or breadth of selection. Front Row,
an off-price clothing retailer, occupied the anchor space at the east end.
mall portion in the middle was occupied by a fair number of independent
retailers. The chain stores tended to be of the discount variety, and they
included Dress Barn and a location of Crown Books, among others.
The mall had a decent level of functionality for about ten years. Later tenants
included one of the first locations of the Music Recyclery, a music store which
has since moved on to more prominent mall locations throughout Chicagoland and
the Milwaukee area. There was also an Old Country Buffet added. When Front
Row closed its doors, the remaining space was split between TJ Maxx, which kept
the mall entrance, and F&M Distributors, a discount drugstore/retailer which
took up the south end of the parcel and had an outside entrance only.
eventually had its size reduced by one fourth, when computer retailer Elek-Tek
moved in on its west end. There was even a Sony Theaters (later Loews) building
added as a satellite structure during the early 1990's, which helped maintain
mall traffic for a while.
By the mid 1990's, much of the mall was vacated. Pretty soon, the mall area
itself was shuttered. The last remaining stores were Waccamaw and the Old
Country Buffet, which you could still access through the mall doors - but the
mall area itself had been boarded up past the buffet entrance. When Waccamaw
finally shut its doors, the mall was completely demolished not long after.
Today, a thriving strip center named Meadows Crossing resides in this space.
Basically, it's a Wal-Mart/Sam's Club structure on the west end with several
satellite structures toward the east. The Old Country Buffet was moved to one
of the satellites. Three of the satellites house smaller retailers in
strip-mall fashion, including a Dunkin Donuts drive-in and a Panda Express on
the south structure, and a newly-reinstated Music Recyclery location which
resides in one of the north structures. A First American Bank, Steak N Shake
restaurant, and a Staples office supply store have since been added as well.
The old Sony Theaters structure did not fare as well, however; it has since
been shuttered as a theater and is now a banquet hall.