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Old 06-22-2010, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Stopped by at Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville this weekend and noticed that the mall is starting to look run down and dilapidated. This used to be one of the nicest malls north of Dallas. Sad to see it going downhill.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:48 AM
 
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Starting to? It's been like that for awhile now.

I'm a little surprised though because there doesn't seem to be other areas drawing away from it.

Collin Creek is dying because of Firewheel, Stonebriar, Shops at Allen/Fairview, etc.

Where's everyone along that cooridor shop these days?
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I was surprised because the areas around it seems to be upper middle class (coppell/castle Hills and other neighborhoods nearby). I remember it opening in the early 90's and it was very nice. The current management is not keeping it up and people may go to newer malls like Willowbend/Stonebriar/Galleria.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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It's not as bad as Irving mall though.
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:09 AM
 
Location: DFW area
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It's not as bad as Irving mall though.
That is true, but Irving mall is much older than Vista Ridge. I will say that when VR opened in 1990 it was the best thing to happen in that area in years. Before that, my family would shop at Prestonwood mall which was pretty nice, but further away from Carrollton as well. All that area around the mall was just open land for years! It was pretty cool to see just the mall and miles of undeveloped land. Looks like the mall still has lots of visitors, though, with the new theater added on and they seem to have a high occupancy rate, which is great.
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Yeah, the last time I was in Vista Ridge about 6 months ago it was just awful. Their Express for Men, a popular younger mens clothing store was deader than dead & the mall floors were filthy. The demographics in the area seemed to have shifted a lot since I lived in Lewisville back in 2001-2002. It used to be majority White, now it seems like its almost nothing but Hispanic.
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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Could be worse.

Ever been to Valley View Mall? They couldnt even keep Chickfila.

All the malls in Dallas are either high end or ghetto. There doesnt seem to be an in-between (like say Hulen mall in Fort Worth).
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Stonebriar has hurt Vista Ridge and Collin Creek fairly significantly. General Growth Properties owns all 3 malls, and they went into Chapter 11 last year.

They're not going to invest a dime in a struggling property like Vista Ridge or Collin Creek because they simply can't afford to.

It wouldn't at all surprise me if Collin Creek, Valley View, and Vista Ridge all suffer the same fate as Prestonwood within the next decade or so.
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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In door shopping malls are a relic of the past anyways. Seriously, who builds those things anymore? The ones thriving today seem to be the higher end ones that have been around for awhile like North Park & the two Galleria's.
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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Shops At Highland Village hurt Vista Ridge a lot, too. Now HV / FM people shop there instead of going to Vista Ridge.
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