Monthly Archives: August 2008

Brookdale Mall: Brooklyn Center, MN

August 28, 2008
Brookdale Mall: Brooklyn Center, MN

When it comes to Minnesota Malls, (other than the MOA), Minnesota is known for its “dales” – Ridgedale, Rosedale, Southdale…and then there’s Brookdale, the black sheep of the “Dales” family. While the other ‘Dales are known for their massive amounts of stores and stylish decor, this miscreant mall is known more for its perception of criminal activity than it is for its shopping activity....

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The former Kmart location: Brooklyn Center, MN

August 27, 2008
The former Kmart location: Brooklyn Center, MN

I don’t even think this little strip center, which is located right off of Highway 100, has or HAD a name. Back in the day, all this place housed was a Kmart and a Slumberland/Laz-E-Boy, so it really wasn’t much of a strip mall. Just a lonely Kmart with a furniture store for a neighbor. We shopped at the Brooklyn Center Kmart an awful...

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Humboldt Square: Brooklyn Center, MN

August 25, 2008
Humboldt Square: Brooklyn Center, MN

When it comes to dumpy strip malls, Humboldt Square takes the cake. It’s got it all – weedy parking lot that needs resurfacing, skid row neighbors, questionable clientele, a couple boarded up shops, a random smattering of local businesses, and about 4 different barber shops. I didn’t snap many pictures because I wanted to get the hell out of dodge. This isn’t the safest...

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Brookdale Square: Brooklyn Center, MN

August 20, 2008
Brookdale Square: Brooklyn Center, MN

The Brookdale Square strip mall was built in 1981 and was a landmark to all north suburban children, as it housed a Children’s Palace toy store, complete with a castle-style roof. The warehouse-style toy store always had shelves stocked to the ceiling with Cabbage Patch dolls, 8-bit Nintendo games, Transformers, and Matchbox cars. It didn’t hold a candle to the nearby, much smaller Toys...

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Kmart: Coon Rapids, MN

August 15, 2008
Kmart: Coon Rapids, MN

There is simply no room for Kmart in today’s retail landscape. On one end, we’ve got Target. Target has become way too upscale and pretentious over the past five or ten years (but I love them anyway). Target’s gotten all haute couture on us – why, these days you can buy a $200 leather jacket at Target! Whatever happened to Honors, Pro-Spirit, and Cherokee?...

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Holly Center: Fridley, MN

August 5, 2008
Holly Center: Fridley, MN

Located in Fridley, MN off of Central Avenue, the Holly Center definitely qualifies as a dumpy strip mall. Offering a smattering of mostly local businesses, Holly Center houses your typical shitty inner-ring suburb strip mall establishments and tries to be your one-stop shop. I guess it doesn’t do that bad of a job…after all, it has… A tobacco store to get your smoke on....

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Brookdale Ford: Brooklyn Center, MN

August 5, 2008
Brookdale Ford: Brooklyn Center, MN

I drive on Highway 100 every day for work and noticed that a wrecking crew set up shop in the parking lot. Naturally, wanting to be a hero and preserve this place for tomorrow’s youth, I sprung into action and had to snap some photos. The dealership was closed for some time, though I’m not quite sure how long. Prior to its closing it...

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