Monday, May 20, 2019

GET ME REWRITE: Westgate Mall is way past its use-by date

Photos by Retiring Guy

T.J. Maxx moving out of Westgate; redevelopment of mall still uncertain.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 5/16/2019)

T. J. Maxx joins Dollar General, Office Depot, and some other retailers across the street at Whitney Square, another shopping center that is past is prime, though not as nearly forlorn as Westgate. 

All that's left is Wisconsin Craft Market and a book-sale space occupied by the Friends of the Sequoya Library.

Doomed from the start?  
When the mall opened in 1960 [correction:  it opened as a shopping center; there is a difference, you know], it had stores such as JC Penney, Piggly Wiggly, Montgomery Ward and Harry S. Manchester. In later years, the Piggly Wiggly was replaced with an Eagle grocery store, while other stores fled farther west to West Towne Mall and the surrounding area.

Original 6/25/2016 post, "Westgate Mall a possible redevelopment site", starts here.

The north corridor is filled with sunlight, but there's not a customer, or business, in sight.

Redevelopment pitched for Westgate Mall; current tenants say they're left behind.  (, 6/25/2016)

First of all, this statement -- Westgate Mall was built in the 1950s and later remodeled -- is misleading, at best.

Westgate Mall Shopping Center, originally an 'open-air' as opposed to enclosed facility, opened in 1960 on what was then the far-west side of Madison.

And here's an example of understatment from Terry Gulesserian, owner of Terry’s Westgate Barbers:  “It was pretty booked before, and now we don’t have much here at all.”

Yup, it's been approaching zero for the last decade, at least.

Related post:
The present state of Westgate.  (3/12/2016)

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