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JCPenney announced it would be leaving the Wasbington and closed their doors in Big Lots and Hobby Lobby still anchor the west end of the redeveloped strip mall. How is it doing? Leave some comments or E-Mail me and let me know. Check out a recreation of the Pekin Mall directory and site plan, put together by Kurt Schachner. Steven Swain July 13th, at Kirb July 13th, at 3: You have got to be kidding me.
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A few stores are attached to Bergners and the hobby-lobby end is mostly dollar cities….
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Sears is back in town but freestanding………. August 12th, at 2: Caldor August 20th, at 1: October 23rd, at 7: Anybody ever have pictures of that weird mural that was painted at one end of the mall? It was like an adam and eve kind of thing — I would love to take another look at it if someone had a photo — should not be lost to Adult singles dating in Washington court house dust.
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It closed after the Peoria store was off and running. January 11th, at 5: Mark November 4th, at Matt December 15th, at About the new pics you guys found…. They quit using that green colored sign and switched to white or fuscia around the time the location at my hometown Forest Mall mall opened.
We got the latter color. Thanks to Deb coming out of bankruptcy in the late s, they finally had the cash to remodel all their remaining old stores, and open new ones.
A lot of stores that looked like this, closed in the mid s. I recall those stores vividly because it was one of those that my mom shopped at a lot when I was young.
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We went there on the opening night and even though it was 35 years ago I remember it well. The place was jam-packed for the opening. It had pictures of a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by the Illinois govenor, no lessplus a complete listing of the original stores.
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My friend had a job there in high school and we met after work lots of time at the Ivanhoe bar at that end of the mall.