Six Flags Mall
Six Flags Mall - North Entrance
|Location||Arlington, Texas in Tarrant County|
|Address||2831 E Division St|
|Owner||G.L. "Buck" Harris|
|No. of stores and services||2 |
|No. of anchor tenants||2|
|Total retail floor area||1,049,000 square feet (97,500 m2)|
|No. of floors||1|
Six Flags Mall opened in 1970 at 2831 East Division Street (SH 180) and SH 360 in Arlington, Texas between Fort Worth and Dallas. Arlington's first enclosed shopping center, it was named after the nearby Six Flags Over Texas theme park. A new owner acquired roughly one-third of the mall in December 2012 and announced plans to redevelop it as a Hispanic-oriented shopping mall called Plaza Center.
Opened in 1970, Six Flags Mall flourished through the 1980s until The Parks at Arlington, a new regional mall, opened in South Arlington in 1988. The mall struggled into the 1990s and the JC Penney anchor store closed in 1997.
Both Dillard's and Sears closed in 2002. Foley's (originally a Sanger-Harris location), the fourth and final anchor, closed in January 2005 but the Dillard's anchor reopened as Dillard's Clearance Center in March 2005 after the closure of Forum 303 Mall. The mall's location in an industrial park and nearby strip clubs (now mostly gone) also contributed to its demise.
By 2008 when the mall fell into foreclosure, only a dozen stores remained in the mall's interior. When the property was placed up for auction in December 2011, the only remaining stores were the Dillard's Clearance Center and a Cinemark movie theater which showed first-run movies at bargain rates. As of January 2012[update], American Motorcycle Trading Co. continues to operate on one of the mall's out-lots.
In early December 2012, private investor G.L. "Buck" Harris purchased the former JC Penney anchor store and announced plans to redevelop it into a Hispanic-oriented shopping center named Plaza Center. He revealed plans to bring new tenants into the mall and return it to profitability over the following two years then donate the property to Youth With A Mission, a Christian outreach organization. However, the project is currently on hold due to zoning issues with the City of Arlington; Harris has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the city.
- Dillard's Clearance Center
- Cinemark Tinseltown USA
- American Motorcycle Trading Co.
- Boneyard Haunted House
- Sanger-Harris (converted to Foley's)
- JCPenney (closed 1997, will be redeveloped as Plaza Center)
- Sears (closed 2002)
- Dillard's (closed 2002, reopened 2005 as Dillard's Clearance Center)
- Foley's (closed 2005)
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