Chris Edwards' Commentary:

Posted April 24, 2011

Six Flags Mall is a circa 1970 mall that has a Dillard's clearance center, another few store in the mall interior, a movie theater and not much else.

Surrounded by a Union Pacific rail line, roads that were under construction when I visited in January 2011, and not much other retail, the mall is clearly alive just because of the Dillard's clearance center, which is one of the best I've been to. That store is huge and has tons of selection at amazingly good prices.

The in-line stores in the mall are mostly vacant, but due to the directories from the mall's better days, listing lots of stores, which were not updated as the mall shed tenants, and the easy-to-read labelscars (such as a Champs Sports and more), it is clear that this mall was at some point a typical A-grade mall, with plenty of mid-market tenants. They seem to have fled quickly; for example, the former Foley's still has the Foley's sign and various posters on its entrance.

The mall's architecture is interesting, with large brick arches spanning the interior corridors, and apparently un-updated 1970 architecture on much of the mall's exterior. The Dillard's looks like a standard 1990s-era store, however.

Arlington seems like a thriving area, with a new Dallas Cowboys stadium and higher-end retail (such as a Whole Foods) nearby, and so hopefully this center has a future.

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