Take A Walk Through Pittsburg's Biggest Mistake: The Pittsburgh Mills Galleria

Submitted by: rumham 4 months ago in Lifestyle


It cost $200 million to make and it's the source of Pittsburg's secret shame.
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Male 424
To be fair, the guy said the mall opened in 2005... right around when the housing bubble burst. It should be no surprise businesses weren't insterested in opening new storefronts.  People were trying to save their homes and couldn't afford to shop for knick-knacks and other stuff malls sell.

This dude sounds like one of those judgemental a-holes who knows it all and has all the answers, but has never actually DONE anything himself.  I should know, I'm one of those a-holes myself.
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Male 1,832
Malls have been going down for 20 years or more the internet did not start it, it only is helping to bring them down. I live in the south and the humidity is a bitch and I wont go and just walk around the open air malls that have been replacing the old enclosed malls. There will reach a time when things will even out and the stores that can be replaced with on line will be but I fell that there always will be a place for the open store there are things that you just need right now and you need to some times just to look in order to make a decision there is no replacement for hands on shopping for some things. Besides where else can you go at Christmas to girl watch or boy watch if that's your preference.
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Male 1,277
casaledana I'll agree that there are some things people just want right away.  However, you know Amazon has Same Day Service now?  At least in my city, since they built a big distribution center in San Marcos, which is about halfway between here and Austin, I can order something and get it within a few hours, delivered to my door by an Amazon Employee, and it's free with Prime.

However, I do still feel that, especially for clothing, people want to go to a store, touch the material, feel the quality and try it on to see how it fits.  I know I would never order a pair of shoes online, as every brand of shoes and even different styles within the same brand, are not all the same size.  I'll wear a size 10.5 in one style of Timberland Pro work boots, but 10 in another style.  So I will not purchase a pair of shoes without trying them on.  Same thing with jeans, I really want to try them on and feel them and inspect the stitching before I purchase them.

This is not something that is going to change.  Since I work at a safety supply company and we purchased a safety show store a few years back, I actually deal with plenty of shoe reps from several major brands including Dr. Martens, Timberland, Wolverine and Justin.  They say the same thing.  Their online only retailers do not do as much business as their retailers with brick and mortar stores.  The companies that do both, the online sales are only about 10% of their business, because most people feel the same as me and want to try their shoes on before they buy them.
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Male 3,707
The former owner of this mall, Zamias Services, Inc., also built the mall in my hometown, Johnstown, PA. (The mall is also known as the Galleria)

They keep raising the price of rent for the occupants because they have to get theirs first. The whole thing is a shithole.
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Male 3,814
DuckBoy87 same kinda thing happened to a place i worked at that i worked in a plaza with a walmart.. the price of snow removal regardless of actual snow was beyond the norm.  and the rent. it is too damn high!
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Male 4,169
The internet killed a lot of malls, progress can be painful.

What was with all that tan stuff at the beginning?
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Male 40,538
Large areas with a ceiling is weird looking. In southern California all of our malls and schools are open air
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Male 118
Gerry1of1 yeah but I've lived 2 places upper Midwest(in), where snow, ice, and cold puts a damper on winter open air shopping, and now the south (nc) where stifling heat and humidity make summer open air shopping a sweaty stinky mess.  But regardless yeah I'm a prime member and Amazon gets too much of my money. 
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Male 40,538
geobas1 Prime has paid for itself in my house just with the free shipping.
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Male 40,538
Stores are closing every day. Online shopping is killing retail outlets. 
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Male 3,776
I love all of the photos of degrading mall structures.  Especially the ones that are being reclaimed by nature and the trees planted within.
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Male 119
Whenever I see these sorts of places I want to try to make a Dead Rising  themed paintball park...
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Male 6,621
i think all malls are losing customers, as capitalist greed is behind them inflating prices, and a lot of people have found it's cheaper to buy on line.

Last time i went to a closed mall it was during lunch time, and the food court was busy, but the rest of the mall was almost deserted, and i walked out with nothing because the prices were too steep.

Strip malls have better chances these days.
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Male 5,413
Is it still open? It doesn't look particularly horrid. I've got to think that it was an issue of location. Either there weren't enough shoppers or the locale had already reached its retail saturation point. Perhaps some studies had indicated a growing population in that locale and the trend reversed.
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Male 15,401
squrlz4ever I've been to third world Asian malls and they were light years ahead of this in quality, not to mention bustling with people.
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Male 5,413
Draculya My experience also. The highest quality mall I've ever been to was in Bangkok. It made American malls look distincly second-rate.
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