VILLAGE MALL: MENOMONEE FALLS, WI
Jason Eden's Commentary
Posted March 7, 2006 (user submitted)
This mall was located a mile or so northwest of the corner of Appleton Avenue
and Lily Road in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Menomonee Falls was originally a
small, rural village but in the 1950s evolved into a suburb of Milwaukee.
The Village Mall was a small (perhaps 20 stores at its height), single story,
retail facility. It was an enclosed mall with a Kinney shoes, jewelry store,
card shop, Sentry Food Store, and other assorted establishments. The Sentry
was the only "anchor" to speak of, making the Village Mall somewhat unique.
used to have carpeting, benches, and plants. I remember it having a very
quiet, low-key atmosphere. Gradually, the dark decor (which seemed quite 1970s
to me) grew out of fashion. One by one, retailers left, including a nearby
Denny's restaraunt and the Sentry food store. The mall was razed in the mid
1990s to make room for a strip mall. The Sentry was replaced by a new Kohl's
and the Kohl's eventually became a Pick n' Save food mart. The new development
seems to be prospering but lacks any charm.
I remember visiting Santa at the Village Mall as a kid and being dragged there
by my mother as she perused the jewelry and gift shops (there was no toy store,
as far as I can recall). In its later days, a Godfather's pizza, bar, and
radio control car track were the mall's only stores. If anyone else remembers
the Village Mall, I'd love to read more about it.
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