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Hampton Square Mall

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Location  Essexville, Michigan
Closing date  September 15, 2010
Opened  1975
Number of anchor tenants  4
Opening date  1975
Owner  Art Dore
Number of stores and services  37
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Address  Center Avenue and Pine Street
Developer  Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust
Similar  Lincoln Park Shopping, Brighton Mall, Fort Saginaw Mall, Southgate Shopping Center, Maple Hill Pavilion

Hampton Square Mall, later Hampton Towne Centre, was an enclosed shopping mall in Essexville, Michigan. Built in 1975, the property became a dead mall following the closure of its anchor stores, and ultimately closed in 2010. The building, vacant except for a thrift store, an intermediate school district, and a Michigan Department of Human Services office, is owned by Art Dore.


ABANDONED Mall - Hampton Square Mall


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The mall was developed by Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust of Southfield, Michigan, with Charles N. Agree as the architect. Original anchors were Kmart and William C. Weichmann Company of Saginaw. An A&P supermarket was also attached. The mall also included a Perry pharmacy and an MC Sports. In 1981, a customer was charged for murdering his wife while she was working at the Lerner New York store in the mall. By 1990, the mall had expanded with the addition of a J. C. Penney store. The mall's main customer base was residents of The Thumb.

The mall became increasingly vacant in the 1990s and early 2000s, particularly after the opening of Bay City Mall in 1991 and the closure of all three anchor stores, including Kmart in 2002. At this point, the mall complex was largely used for non-retail purposes, including a Michigan Department of Human Services office, the Bay-Arenac intermediate school district, and yearly use for the Bay County library's book sales. The mall ultimately closed in September 2010. One of the last remaining tenants, Mandarin House Chinese restaurant, moved to a new location. The Department of Human Services offices have remained after the closure, along with a thrift store called The Cat's Meow located inside the former A&P space.

Local businessman Art Dore purchased the mall in August 2011 and announced plans to reopen it as a mixed-use property featuring offices and retail.


Hampton Square Mall Wikipedia