The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

January 24, 2008

Factoria Mall Just Keeps Getting Emptier

Filed under: Malls, shopping — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 1:55 am

As reported by commenter Greg Shill on my original Factoria Mall post, several long-standing stores in the mall have now closed down after the mall’s management did not renew their leases.  Among the recent closures are the Flavor Bakery and Cafe (which is apparently moving to a new location in Redmond,) the B. Dalton bookstore and the Orange Julius.  According to the post, the Jamba Juice (which, as I noted in my earlier post, replaced the mall’s arcade just a few years ago) and the Seattle’s Best Coffee near this entrance are also going to close, although for the time being both of these are still operating. 

 

As you can see, for the time being the Jamba Juice is still open, but the bookstore has now closed. Newport House (the womens clothing store that previously occupied the space in the foreground) has moved to a space across the hallway from here, but the appearance of the space looked rather temporary.  Beyond these now empty (or soon-to-be empty) spaces some restaurants (Red Robin, Cold Stone Creamery and Goldberg’s Deli) remain, along with a day spa and the Nordstrom Rack.  Judging from the fact that the Nordstrom Rack store has undergone recent remodeling, I’m guessing that they are not going anywhere for the time being.  No word on the restaurants in the area though.

 

Elsewhere in the mall, the Orange Julius has now closed as well.  I’ve always had a hard time placing the style used here, which seems a bit more modern than the typical Orange Julius, but the look doesn’t seem to have aged well.  In particular, the gratuitous use of patterned sheet metal  seems to be a design trend that was past its sell-by date by sometime around 1998 or so.  Before the place gets knocked down, let’s look at a couple of details from the interior after the jump.

 

It might not be particularly surprising to find oranges in a place like this, but to find freakishly huge oranges bursting through the wall might be just a bit odd.   That’s not the only piece of giant plastic food in the place though:

Near the register, an even larger plastic hotdog wreaks more havoc.  This effect probably would have worked better if they had actually put these with the sheet metal, and possibly even better than that if designer’s mind wasn’t so clearly in the gutter when he came up with this.

 

This is a map showing the expected layout of the mall after the redevelopment (a larger version of this can be found here.)  It comes off one of the signs in the mall, and It’s not the best picture I could find (there’s a better one inside the mall, but it’s behind glass and I couldn’t get a good picture without glare,) but since the picture available on the Kimco Redevelopment website is very low resolution, this will have to do.  According to this plan, the portion of the mall in which the Orange Julius resides is going to get turned into an open air space with a 2-lane street running through it.  Given the fact that much of that portion of the mall is occupied by the Petco and Osh Kosh B’Gosh stores, with only a couple of smaller store spaces on the edge, I suspect that the Orange Julius space will probably end up being demolished, since the existing hallway is probably a bit narrow for a two-lane road and sidewalks.   On the other hand, the plan doesn’t show much change at all to the layout of the northern wing of the mall, which leads me to believe that there will be far more extensive renovation to the existing mall than I had originally expected, with possible consolidation of some of the smaller mall spaces into larger ones.  It does appear that they intend to turn the hallways leading to the former Lamonts/Gottschalks space that currently lead to nowhere into additional store space, although some of the larger existing tenants may be allowed to stay put.  Right now, details on the whole redevelopment plan seem scarce, but it does look like they are either going to begin work on the redevelopment sometime in the near future, or they’re going to empty out the mall.  Exactly what happens here remains to be seen. 

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9 Comments »

  1. This reminds of the moribund Mission Viejo Mall before it was reconstructed into “The Shops at Mission Viejo”. Many venerable stores that didn’t fit the mall’s new image were booted out at the end of their leases so that more “upscale” stores could take their place. The funny thing is that whenever I think of the mall, I remember it more the way it was than the way it is now. When Factoria is reborn, you will probably have a hard time even finding where your old arcade was.

    Comment by StephenB — January 24, 2008 @ 8:52 am

  2. The redevelopment plans call for opening up the retail area to outdoor walks and spaces. I understand that the present interior walkways will become outdoor sidewalks – and the whole mall will become like Redmond Town Center.

    Comment by seaborne — January 29, 2008 @ 2:41 pm

  3. Based on what I’m seeing in the plan above, it looks like at least part of the mall will become outdoor corridors (which I suspect would be more analogous to the recently added outdoor portion of Alderwood Mall than Town Center.) On the other hand, the way the other part of the mall is shown in the plan seems to indicate that it will remain enclosed. I have been meaning to send out an e-mail to the Kimco people to try to get some clarification on this, I will try to do this and see if I can get a response.

    Comment by Brian Lutz — January 29, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

  4. I’m curious as to if Ye Old Country Buffet will remain. How upscale can a mall be when it smells of mashed taters and meatloaf? Also, if upscale is there aim, I’m hoping they will do something about the sewer vents that run along the east/front sidewalk. One minute you’re walking along smelling delicious waffle cones from Coldstone and the next, you’re smacked with a noxious smell fuming from the sidewalk.

    My biggest wish for the mall redevelopment is that they gain a Barnes and Noble and a few healthier restaurants. No offense to the retailers, but I really wasn’t sad to see the Bakery, Mervyn’s or Orange Julius exit the mall.

    Comment by AngelaA — February 7, 2008 @ 11:37 am

  5. Given the fact that Old Country Buffet’s parent company recently filed for chapter 11, there’s a chance that it could become a moot point, but ignoring that, I guess it would what they decide to do with the other restaurants (particularly the Red Robin, which I believe is the only other one in the mall that doesn’t have an entrance from the outside.)

    Comment by Brian Lutz — February 7, 2008 @ 3:05 pm

  6. Does anybody know anything about the new multi-family housing that is supposed to be a part of the Factoria Mall redevelopment?

    Comment by Hair Farmer Joe — May 26, 2008 @ 3:22 am

  7. Based on what what little info on the redevelopment is available currently, it appears that the residental portion of the new development is going to be located in the southwest corner of the mall property, out behind where the Mervyn’s used to be. There’s a couple of drawings showing the proposed housing if you go look at the Kimco Redevelopment website for the Marketplace (although to be honest, I think the name change is kind of pointless, since I suspect most customers won’t bother to call it anything but Factoria Mall. When was the last time you hears anyone but mall mangement use the term “Westfield Southcenter” insteas of “Southcenter Mall”?)

    Comment by Brian Lutz — May 26, 2008 @ 10:25 am

  8. [...] Target store, which is something that I had not heard before.  Previously I had noted that on the conceptual site planshown inside the mall, the space currently occupied by Target was listed with the generic [...]

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  9. I used to work at the orange julius in highschol, i went to newport hs, just up the street. we used to get high in the back all the time. great job.

    Comment by capt. s pants — August 13, 2009 @ 10:04 pm


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