MAY 2012 NOTE: This post was originally published in 2009. Plymouth Center will be demo’d sometime in the near future to make way for a senior housing unit and…a McDonalds. I stopped by to snap a few pics and the frontage road leading to Plymouth Center was closed. There is a small construction crew in the parking lot, so its days are probably numbered. These pics are the best that I could do:
Empty store fronts? CHECK.
Deserted, weed-choked parking lot? CHECK.
Crumbling architecture from 40+ years years ago? CHECK.
Businesses putting “Yes! We’re Open!” signage in the window to attract uncertain customers? CHECK
A dump truck staked out in the parking lot? CheckMATE.
This strip mall looks like it belongs on Coon Rapids Blvd, but no. It’s located off of Highway 55, in the #1 Best Place To Live: Plymouth, Minnesota.
Obviously, it’s attractions like the Plymouth Center that consistently boost Plymouth to the top of Money magazine’s “Best Places To Live” list.
Just as I suspected, there is no information about this place. I can’t give you the juicy details about when it opened, what stores used to be here, and what the future holds for this place. But I doubt anyone cares. I mean, look at it! This isn’t the kind of place where we’d see protesters chaining themselves to the building in hopes of saving the mall.
What’s amazing about this place is that it’s still standing. What kind of prize-winning city would let such this roadside shithole take up valuable real estate space? The entire mall is a gross disregard of Money Magazine’s award, yet somehow, some way, it’s still here.
Plymouth Center looks like a throwback to old skool 1960′s Plymouth, before it became a suburban nightmare with all the soccer moms and copy-cat businesses seeping in. Back when the town was made up of farmland, split level housing, and those zany Church Basement Ladies. Looking at it now, it was built at the wrong time and probably peaked at the wrong time. It’s kind of like the sad story of the guy who peaked in high school who had the fancy car, dashing good looks, and was dating the entire cheer squad. He’s 47 now, in prison.
This strip mall is completely abandoned, despite the welcoming signs in the windows.
Forster’s Meat & Catering
A pizza place
And Seattle Sutton’s, a unmanned weight loss clinic claiming to be open, with a name that sounds more fitting of a Roller Derby team. You know you’re at a dead mall when a business needs to put “Yes! We’re Open!” signage in the window to attract customers. But when a business has said verbiage in the window and is closed…well, then what?
Really, what the fuck? Seattle Suttons employees too lazy to peel off a few window decals? Think of the all calories that could’ve been burned and the lean muscle mass that could’ve been built. Then again, I’m guessing that Seattle Suttons is one of those “fuck exercise!” diet clinics, and tells its dieters to simply load up your freezer with their frozen shit and watch the pounds melt off. Then they scare you into thinking that the only way to keep the weight off is to keep buying their TV dinners or in a few short years, you will need to be lifted out of your house via crane.
It doesn’t look like this retail blemish will last much longer, with the menacing dump truck chillaxin’ in the parking lot. There are no “For Lease” signs on the premises, so it doesn’t look like commercial real estate agents are out pounding the pavement, trying to sell space in the building. The future doesn’t look rosy, but for all I know this primitive strip mall could still be standing intact five years from now.
If you have any war stories about the Plymouth Center (and I doubt anyone does), feel free to post in the comments!
Photos taken July 2009