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Old 08-14-2011, 01:38 AM
 
Location: Pine Grove,AL
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What do you guys think went wrong with this place ?

I personally think that the layout of the grounds prevent it from gaining any foot traffic from the few stores they do have.

With all that space, I think they should have build it as an actual shopping district, rather than just plopping things down where ever companies paid money to put something and having it set up on a normal road system.

I thought it should be like the Eastern Shore Center on a "block" system and on a much larger scale.



Also, the visibility of this mall is horrible, if you are coming on 1-10 from Mobile, you cant even see it till after you pass the exit.
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Old 08-14-2011, 07:49 PM
 
Location: East Mobile
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Default Town Center

Most of the A-level national big box retailers interested in having a location on the Eastern Shore opened their stores at Eastern Shore Plaza and Aronov's Eastern Shore Park. I'm surprised JCPenney and Kohl's didn't sign on for one of ESC's latter phases, but oh well.

Spanish Fort Town Center didn't seem strongly conceived. The developers wanted Bass Pro Shops complemented with value-oriented in-line tenants, as if there was such a demand for retail space that a value-oriented niche could be carved from the market. No, not quite. The smaller national and regional retailers either have an existing store or plan on opening a store in a more firmly established development.

The development seemed clouded by a lack of marketing. Cypress Equities initially provided a blurry unintelligible site plan, a passel of ambiguous architectural renderings and vague ad copy on its web site. Now, there is barely a mention. I don't think I've seen or heard any commercials or radio ads for the Town Center ever.

Spanish Fort Town Center seems like an even less successful version of McClinton's Prattville Town Center debacle.
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Old 08-14-2011, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Daphne, AL
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A Macys, Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom would have been nice.
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:28 PM
 
Location: East Mobile
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Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom would never come to this blue collar market.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Fairhope,Alabama
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Last time I checked, not too many blue collars in the Eastern Shore as such...Fairhope...Point Clear, blue collar? I don't think so.

These stores do not come here because we do not have enough bodies in in this area. They go to markets like Atlanta (5 million.....and growing, larger than Alabama?), Seattle, Dallas. ect. We have to accept this fact...can't have it all...quality of life vs big box stores..




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Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom would never come to this blue collar market.
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I went to Macys in NY, I didn't see anything special about it.
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Daphne, AL
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As someone who's traveled extensively for work the past 4 and a half years, it's nice to have options and varieties when it comes to shopping. I try to do my shopping out of town when I have a chance to visit these types of stores.
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Old 08-16-2011, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Pine Grove,AL
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here is my idea of what i thought the Town center would have been

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Old 08-16-2011, 10:59 PM
 
Location: East Mobile
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Destin Commons is probably the best lifestyle center on the central Gulf Coast. Its compelling sense of design is complemented by a strong tenant roster.

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here is my idea of what i thought the Town center would have been

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Old 08-21-2011, 08:07 PM
 
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We can thank Timbercreek and also the dead Hwy 13 interchange. Without the access road and the interchange, it will languish and probably all but die.
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