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
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.