Hampshire Mall

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Hampshire Mall
Inside the Hampshire Mall.JPG
The interior of Hampshire Mall
LocationHadley, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°21′23″N 72°32′52″W / 42.35639°N 72.54778°W / 42.35639; -72.54778 (Hampshire Mall)Coordinates: 42°21′23″N 72°32′52″W / 42.35639°N 72.54778°W / 42.35639; -72.54778 (Hampshire Mall)
Address367 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035
Opening date1978
OwnerThe Pyramid Companies
No. of stores and servicesapproximately 55
No. of anchor tenants5
Total retail floor area435,000 square feet (40,413 m2)
No. of floors1 with partial upper level
Mall website
Pyramid's page on this mall
The ticket stand at the Cinemark movie theater in the Hampshire Mall
The concession stand next at the Cinemark movie theater in the Hampshire Mall. To the left is the walkway that leads to the theaters.
This Target store was built in 2003 and is part of Hampshire Mall

Hampshire Mall is a primarily one-story shopping mall with a small second floor in Hadley, Massachusetts, United States, with approximately 55 stores owned by The Pyramid Companies. Current anchor stores include Dick's Sporting Goods, JCPenney, PetSmart and Target. The mall is home to Interskate 91 North, a roller skating rink on the second floor.[1][2] Attached to the skating rink is LaserBlast: Ancient Adventure (a Lasertag facility that was formerly home to LaserStorm).[3]

History[edit]

When the mall opened in 1978 it was anchored by JCPenney, Steiger's and Kmart.

The Steiger's store was demolished in 1994 for Media Play. The Media Play store opened August 10, 1995.[4] In 2003 the Kmart space was rebuilt and extended to house a Target store. Originally the mall contained a six screen movie theater that existed from 1978 to 1999. This was then expanded to a 12-screen Cinemark movie theater in 2000.[5]

A 45,000 sq ft (4,200 m2) Dick's Sporting Goods store opened in early 2005, replacing a former Eastern Mountain Sports. Best Buy and Steve & Barry's replaced Media Play in early 2005. Steve & Barry's filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2008 and subsequently closed their Hampshire Mall store in August 2008 and it replaced by the racetrack.

Walmart developers beginning in 2005 wished to build a new 212,000-square-foot (19,700 m2) Supercenter southeast of Hampshire Mall. However, there have been various hindrances as a consequence of a bylaw designed to keep out large stores by restricting new stores to 75,000 square feet (7,000 m2). After two years of negotiations, on November 20, 2007, a subdivision plan that exempted the planned Walmart Supercenter from the current bylaw restrictions was approved. Developers have eight years to get a site plan approved before the exemption expires.[6] This would almost certainly mean the current store, attached to the east end of Mountain Farms Mall, would close.[7]

In February 2009 Buffalo Wild Wings opened a store between Target and Best Buy.[8] The restaurant got into a dispute with the mall because of an alleged faulty roof that led to a buildup of condensation on the premises. The Pyramid Corporation did not agree to carry out repairs and as a consequence some amount of the rent was withheld.[9] Whether the restaurant never paid any rent or did pay some rent is disputed.[10] The case is currently in litigation. On July 29, 2010 they announced that they lost their lease as of August 1, 2010. The space is now Action Figure Planet gift shop.

Platterpus Records closed down its store in March 2010.[11] In June 2010 the store reopened in Easthampton, Massachusetts.[12]

In August 2015, it was announced that Best Buy would close their doors on October 31 and in 2016, Spirit Halloween opened in the former Best Buy space for 2 months.[13] PetSmart opened in the former Best Buy space in April 2017.

Road access to the mall[edit]

The state of Massachusetts is considering widening Route 9 to two lanes in each direction from Middle Street to the mall area to alleviate frequent traffic jams. This would add to a previous project completed in 2008 that widened Route 9 from the Calvin Coolidge Bridge in Northampton and result in two lanes in each direction from Northampton through Hadley to the Amherst line.[14] This would also enable easier access to Mountain Farms mall and the new Hadley Corner shops.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "91 North Roller Skating Rink Hadley , MA - Hampshire County".
  2. ^ Carrol, Sally (2004-02-15). "Nontraditional mall offers enjoyable alternative". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-12-23.
  3. ^ Nance, Scott (1995, June 8). Laser game called high-tech 'hide and seek'. Daily Hampshire Gazette,(1) p. 13. Retrieved December 23, 2007
  4. ^ Yurko, Chris (1994, July 27). Hadley getting store: Media Play will use Steiger's space. Daily Hampshire Gazette,(1) p. 1. Retrieved December 23, 2007
  5. ^ Kay J Moran (November 9, 2000). "New Hadley mall theaters go high-tech". Daily Hampshire Gazette, p. B1. Retrieved December 23, 2007
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ "Buffalo Wild Wings at Hampshire Mall offers high-energy ambiance".
  9. ^ Merzbach, Scott (2010-08-06). "Dispute spurs Buffalo Wild Wings closure at mall". Amherst Bulletin. Archived from the original on 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  10. ^ Merzbach, Scott (2010-08-03). "Dispute between management, landlord led to Hadley eatery closing". Daily Hampshire Gazette. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  11. ^ "Platterpus Records, after 25 years in Westfield and Hadley, closing doors". The Republican. 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  12. ^ Kinney, Jim (2010-06-09). "Dave Witthaus to reopen Platterpus Records in Easthampton". The Republican. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  13. ^ Lindhal, Chris (September 16, 2016). "Best Buy to close location at Hampshire Mall in Hadley Oct. 31". gazettenet.com.
  14. ^ Merzbach, Scott (2010-06-24). "State eyes Route 9 widening project near mall". North Adams Transcript. Retrieved 2010-08-23.

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