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               THREE STAR MALL: MCMINNVILLE, TN

Greg Steinmayer's Commentary

Posted 08/04/2006 (user submitted)

The Three Star Mall is a relatively small mall constructed in the late 1970's / early 1980's on the Southeastern side of the small town of McMinneville, Tennessee. It gets its name from the three stars on the Tennessee state flag, however one would think that 'Three Stars' would have a negative connotation since restaurants and movies are commonly rated by stars, where three stars definately means 'mediocre'. Mediocre it is, too.

Originally anchored by Kmart and J.C. Penny, the Kmart closed and was replaced for a short time by a United Outlets store, which has also closed. Inside the mall, the number of empty storefronts about equals the remaining stores, which consist primarily of clothing stores. There is no food court or fountain, so the inside is very plain and dull. Every time I have visited this mall it is so 'dead' inside in terms of shoppers and traffic, I wonder what keeps the doors open and the lights on. The mall also has a Family Dollar store and a Kroger grocery, but they have their own entrances and are not connected to the inside mall. There is also a small two-screen theater on the mall property, but separated from the main building.

A Super Walmart, about 3 or 4 miles away on the same highway, has doomed this mall which will slowly wither until it eventually closes.

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