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Old 07-20-2008, 04:14 PM
 
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The Fort Henry Mall (now Kingsport Town center) is set to finally start working on the location this summer, with plans for the mall to be finished by the end of 2011. I found this picture on the mall's website, perhaps when the mall is finished this is what it will look like.
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Possible image of what Kingsport Town Center will look like in the future?-picture-1.png  
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Old 07-20-2008, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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That would be a definite improvement! I sure hope so.
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Old 07-22-2008, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I like that new look, but I actually like the "70s" and "80s" look of the mall now. I think the mall was built in 1976. Seems to me that quality of work back then was so much better than it is today. Yeah, it looks nice, but I wonder, will it hold up as well after 30-35 years like the current design?

Too many of the old original styles are going by the wayside.
Call me crazy I guess for liking the classic look.
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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I like that new look, but I actually like the "70s" and "80s" look of the mall now. I think the mall was built in 1976. Seems to me that quality of work back then was so much better than it is today. Yeah, it looks nice, but I wonder, will it hold up as well after 30-35 years like the current design?

Too many of the old original styles are going by the wayside.
Call me crazy I guess for liking the classic look.
I absolutely agree with you. The Ft Henry Mall underwent a renovation in what, the early 1990s? Not the *best* renovation, but I think it looked nice and help up relatively well. Granted, it's 2008 and about 15 years later, but it seems like a ton of money is going to be spent and if the mall's sales are still shaky at best, yikes!
How is the mall doing anyway? I have relatives that live nearby and I used to go a lot when I visited. I haven't visited since 2005 though.
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Old 07-22-2008, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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I actually haven't been to the Ft Henry mall in so long I forget what it looks like inside. If it's anything like Johnson City's mall, the design isn't retro - it's UGLY.
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Old 07-23-2008, 04:02 AM
 
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I actually haven't been to the Ft Henry mall in so long I forget what it looks like inside. If it's anything like Johnson City's mall, the design isn't retro - it's UGLY.
The Fort Henry Mall is really outdated in its design, it needs a total re-haul. I'm really looking forward to this new look, the current mall looks hideous and it's dying as some tenants have moved to East Stone Commons or Kingsport Pavilion.
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Old 07-23-2008, 04:26 PM
 
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The Fort Henry Mall is really outdated in its design, it needs a total re-haul. I'm really looking forward to this new look, the current mall looks hideous and it's dying as some tenants have moved to East Stone Commons or Kingsport Pavilion.
Kingsport Pavilion huh? Many thought it would ultimately kill Ft Henry Mall. This revitalization will be the last gasp for it, most likely. If it fails, ugh...it could close in the future. Unless Kingsport's population grows considerably in the next 5 years or so.
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Old 08-09-2008, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I absolutely agree with you. The Ft Henry Mall underwent a renovation in what, the early 1990s? Not the *best* renovation, but I think it looked nice and help up relatively well. Granted, it's 2008 and about 15 years later, but it seems like a ton of money is going to be spent and if the mall's sales are still shaky at best, yikes!
How is the mall doing anyway? I have relatives that live nearby and I used to go a lot when I visited. I haven't visited since 2005 though.

I do not get to the mall often, but it seems to be doing quite well.
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Old 08-09-2008, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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The Fort Henry Mall is really outdated in its design, it needs a total re-haul. I'm really looking forward to this new look, the current mall looks hideous and it's dying as some tenants have moved to East Stone Commons or Kingsport Pavilion.
I guess I am old fashioned. I wish more buildings would keep their "70s" and "80s" original look on the interior. All we will eventually have are memories, photos and video archives of how the old days were.... faded away like the 50s and 60s styles have.

JJ, I think it was overhauled in the early 90s, but many parts of it I think still has the original mid 70s materials. Ever notice the foyer area around Sears? I think all of that ceiling tile and letters over the entry are original.

The Bristol mall was built around the same time (opened in 1976), but has a more modern look, but some parts of it still look very 80s. They have redesigned a few times. I remember going in as a kid and a big flight of stairs with ramps that zigzagged on each side that led you downstairs from the upper parking lot. They eventually built shops in that area. I knew it was somewhere in there and one day when walking on floor 1, I looked down a vacant corridor and seen the remains of those stairs at the end of a long hall! I also remember going into a strange area in JCPenney that led to a game room or something and restrooms. Almost hidden. Its just some of those faint memories you have of when you were a kid.
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