VILLA ITALIA: LAKEWOOD, CO
Andrew Button's Commentary:
Posted May 9, 2011 (user submitted May 27, 2002)
7200 West Alameda
Built - 1965 - 1966,
Closed July 15, 2001
Demolished 2002 To make room for a "Downtown" Lakewood.
Two story Mall. 1,500 Million Square Foot on 105 Acres. Approximatly 140
stores inside. 4 Anchor Stores - Foleys, Dillards, Montgomery Wards and
Dillards, on the east end of the mall, was the first anchor store to close,
then Montgomery Wards on the west end. JCPenny on the south end was soon to
Follow, as Foleys on the north west corner of the mall, became the last
surviving store for this once megamall. Villa Italia once housed several
drugstores including a full sized Woolworths and later a Walgreens. The mall
was constructed almost entirely of blonde brick, and sometime between 1985
and 1988, a second story was added, to compete with other malls in the metro
area. Due to demographic and economic area changes, the mall languished as
many malls of this type do in the latter part of the 1990s. Gasping for life
for the last years of its existence, most of Villa Italia became empty, as
tenants left in force. The crowd in the latter 1990s changed from people who
chose to shop and spend money to a crowd that loitered and ravaged the once
glorious mall. This was due to an economic decline in the surrounding areas
to the east of the mall. So in the summer of 2001, Villa Italia gasped her
last dying breath with almost 100 percent vacancy, her race was run.
Currently Villa Italia is being demolished for the site and development of
Belmar. Rip Villa !
http://villaitaliamemories.tripod.com/ - Old pics and more!