PARK LANE MALL: RENO, NV
Linus Cleveland's Commentary
User submitted April 20, 2017
Noticing that this website does not have any locations for Nevada, I decided to further investigate into some of the forgotten malls in specifically the greater Northern Nevada region. Park Lane is certainly the largest and most forgotten of all of these places.
Interestingly, right across the street sits a smaller, also dead mall called Shopper's Square. The reason it didn't suffer the same fate as Park Lane is due to how its treated as simply a strip mall rather than a full-scale indoor mall. Park Lane, on the other hand, did not have this exploit available.
Opening in 1967, Park Lane began its life as a 448,000 square foot, outdoor mall, which at the time was large for the area. The mall was shaped in a capital "L" shape. At the time it was centered more towards the south end of town ( Reno has since massively expanded southbound, making Park Lane's location considered more towards Reno's center ). Its first few anchors were a Sears and the now defunct Weinstock’s. The most iconic features of the mall was its massive, 1920's era clock that formerly sat in downtown Reno. The clock and Park Lane have since been affiliated together as brotherly entities.
To be able to remain competitive with another, brand new mall being built nearby, Park Lane enclosed its shopping space beginning around 1977. 10 years later, the mall received a face lift. However throughout the 1990's, Park Lane began to lose tenets, including its Sears and many other stores.
The 2000's showed no mercy for Park Lane, with a massive outlet mall built in the south end of Reno around 2003. Park Lane soon grew the reputation of a place where one's car would be broken into, and shady loiters would hang around and in the mall. In 2007, despite recently repairing the famous clock inside the mall, it closed in late 2007, and was demolished about a year later. The clock was removed before demolition, yet its a mystery as to its whereabouts.
To this day Park Lane is now nothing more than a massive, fenced off plot of land, with park of the former parking lot being used for a movie theater's parking lot. The lampposts in the parking lot still contain signs reading "Welcome to Park Lane mall" and listing a few rules about parking and the rules for being inside the mall. Also, the former entrances to the mall's parking lot may be fenced off, yet the old light up "Park Lane Mall" signs still eerily stand to this day.
There have been many claims to redevelop the land, yet so far no one has taken any actions to do so.