The Abandoned Montgomery Mall In Alabama Shows The Decline Of A Quintessential American Experience
Who here is a fellow 1990s kid? For us, the mall was kind of the center of our lives. It was where we went for back-to-school shopping, it was probably where our local movie theater was, and when we were teenagers, the mall was probably where we went to hang out with our friends! Malls are still all around us – in fact, one of the biggest malls in the world opened in New Jersey only a few years back – but many local malls have fallen on rough times. It’s common to see many vacant stores or unconventional uses of space. And some malls have closed altogether – such as one abandoned place in Alabama.
The former Montgomery Mall, a sprawling complex in Montgomery, Alabama, opened its doors in 1970 and was thriving into the 2000s, but its decline began soon after, and it closed for good in 2008. Today, it stands as an eerie, abandoned relic still bearing many remnants of its days as a glittering retail paradise.
Highlighting the beautifully eerie work of Cleveland-based photographer Johnny Joo, discover more fascinating abandoned locations across America in our Vacant Series. These unique man-made structures have been left abandoned and are slowly being reclaimed by nature.
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Did you know about this unique abandoned place in Alabama? The mall is closed to the public and may be redeveloped in the future, but the city has many other top shopping destinations – including this three-floor antique mall. The city is also home to many historic buildings that have been repurposed – like the Trilogy Hotel Montgomery.
Special thanks to Cleveland-based photographer Johnny Joo of Odd World Studio for the photos used in this article. For more images, check out his website, Architectural Afterlife. Discover even more spooky places in Vacant: Inside 13 Eerie and Fascinating Abandoned Locations Across America.