Latham Circle Mall
is an enclosed shopping mall located adjacent to the Latham Traffic Circle (US 9
, NY 2
and NY 7
) in Latham
, New York
. It is anchored by JCPenney
, Regal Cinemas
, Burlington Coat Factory
, and Lowe's
Latham Circle Mall was opened in 1957 as an open-air plaza called Latham Corners Shopping Center
before being converted into an enclosed mall in 1977. The new mall featured a JCPenney
(which stayed over from the original mall), Woolworth
, and Boston Store
as anchors. Other stores included a mix of national and local stores such as Deb
, Jonathan Reid
, Lerner New York
, Casual Corner
, Papa Gino's
, and Waldenbooks
. The mall was expanded in 1988 to include a Caldor
, a new JCPenney store to replace the old one and a second level which would house the ten screen movie theater. The two level space occupied by The Boston Store closed in the late 1980s, however, due to a fire that ripped through the upper floor. The store closed for remodeling and was replaced by Burlington Coat Factory
in the early 1990s. In 1998, a Stein Mart
was added as an anchor, moving into the old Woolworths which closed in 1995, but closed in 2001. Also, Caldor closed in early 1999 when the chain went out of business, but the vacated building remained until 2003, when it was demolished to make way for a new Lowe's Home Improvement store. The new Lowe's was opened in late 2003; however, it was only served by an exterior entrance. Several other stores have recently left the mall, including Klein's All Sports
(a local sporting goods store that went out of business in 2005), McDonald's
, Gateway Computers
, Gold's Gym
, CVS Pharmacy
, Foot Locker
, and much of the Food Court. The mall has fallen on hard times
during the past decade due to the growing popularity of other regional shopping centers such as Crossgates Mall
and Colonie Center
. In 2005 it was announced that the mall's developer would be sinking money into reviving the property and that Regal Cinemas signed a new lease and would expand their theaters.
It was reported in May 19, 2007 by all major Albany media outlets, that plans are underway to renovate the mall.
The plan would involve a complete refacing out the building and converting Latham Circle Mall into a hybridized power center
combo. A wing will be de-malled and replaced with an open-air courtyard
. The mall will change its name, however, the name has not been announced.
Several new restaurants were announced, including Bonefish Grill and Texas Roadhouse. The current food court would be removed for Krazy City, and new stores such as Old Navy, Michael's, REI and Circuit City will be in the mall (though Circuit City and Michael's will not have mall access). Other stores have been recruited including J.Crew, The Disney Store, and Ann Taylor LOFT. However, it still must be approved by the planning board of the Town of Colonie.
BL Companies, the company doing the work, has renovated Westfield Connecticut Post in the past.
Sadly, the renovation never materialized. Latham Circle Mall will face foreclosure and is in debt for $21 million.
Latham Circle Mall has been noted by many dead mall
fanatics as an interesting mall with many oddball characteristics, with wildly varying décor (ranging from exposed HVAC
systems to ceiling tiles and hanging globe lighting
), random second levels that don't connect, and a cinder-blocked deadend where Lowe's should be.
- Grand Union: Opened 1956, moved to outparcel building in 1984. Closed 2001.
- Caldor: Opened 1984 in former Grand Union space. Demolished, now Lowe's.
- The Boston Store: Opened 1956, closed in 1990. Now Burlington Coat Factory.
- Woolworth: Opened 1977, closed 1997. Later Stein Mart.
- W.T. Grant: Opened 1956. Later JCPenney.
- JCPenney (original location): Demolished for new Regal Cinemas complex. A replacement location was built
- Stein Mart: Opened 1998 in former Woolworth, closed 2001, now vacant.