Mar 17 2009 - Livonia Mall is no more
A bit of sad news today as I found out Livonia Mall is in the middle of being torn down.Â I remember my parents taking me to Livonia Mall as a child to enjoy koney dogs and Greek salads, and play the arcade games at the cinema.Â I also remember visiting the pet store, K-B Toys, and B. Dalton’s bookstore along with buying new gym shoes at the Foot Locker and being dragged into Jo-Ann Fabrics by my mom.Â And after my family moved to Livonia, I used to take the bus from the mall to visit my friends back in Detroit (before I had a car to drive.)
It’s a shame the mall is no longer standing, although I guess it’s been what people call a “dead mall” for some time now.Â The mall originally opened in 1962.Â The main anchor stores were Crowley’s and Sears, with Mervyn’s and Children’s Palace being added at a later time.
What I didn’t realize was that Children’s Palace closed three years later and was converted to a paintball arena, Crowley’s converted to a Value City in 2000 (which closed in 2008), and Mervyn’s closed in 2006.Â So with Sears, Dollar Tree, Jo-Ann Fabrics, and Foot Locker being the only mainstream stores in the mall, I can see how it died off.
It looks like there’s some redevelopment in the future though, as the Livonia City Council is discussing a strip mall called Livonia Marketplace to be erected after the demolition.Â Word has it that long-time tenant Jo-Ann Fabrics will close permanently in July 2009.