Latham Circle Mall

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Latham Circle Mall
LocationLatham, New York
Opening date1957 (open-air), 1977 (enclosed)
OwnerEugene Weiss
No. of stores and services24[1]
No. of anchor tenants3
Total retail floor area660,000 sq ft (61,000 m2)
No. of floors2 (main mall is on first floor, with movie theater and some offices on second floor)
 
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Latham Circle Mall
LocationLatham, New York
Opening date1957 (open-air), 1977 (enclosed)
OwnerEugene Weiss
No. of stores and services24[1]
No. of anchor tenants3
Total retail floor area660,000 sq ft (61,000 m2)
No. of floors2 (main mall is on first floor, with movie theater and some offices on second floor)

Latham Circle Mall was an enclosed shopping mall located adjacent to the Latham Circle (the intersection of US 9 and NY 2) in Latham, New York. Built in 1957 as Latham Corners Shopping Center, the mall was renovated several times in its history, most notably in 1977 when it became a fully enclosed and temperature-controlled shopping mall. As of 2013, its sole tenant is its anchor store, JCPenney, which has been part of the complex since it opened in 1957. By the early 2000s, the mall had become classified as a dead mall. Demolition of the mall began in March 2013.

History[edit]

The Latham Circle Mall was a shopping mall located next to Latham Circle in Latham, New York. it opened in 1957 as an open-air plaza called Latham Corners Shopping Center,[2] before being converted into an enclosed mall in 1977. The new mall featured a JCPenney (which stayed over from the original 1957 strip), Woolworth, and Boston Store as anchors. 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 due to a fire. The store closed for remodeling and was replaced by Burlington Coat Factory in the early 1990s.

Woolworth closed in 1995 and was replaced in 1998 with Stein Mart, which subsequently closed in 2001. A Gold's Gym later moved in there from a former Grand Union next to the mall, which has been demolished. They left in April 2005 to move to a new location on Route 2. Also, Caldor closed in early 1999 when the chain went out of business. The Caldor wing was demolished in 2003 for a Lowe's, which does not open out to the mall. Many other tenants began to leave during the 2000s, leaving Latham Circle as a dead mall.

In February 2010, owners of the mall were in talks with a major retailer to occupy the open space, which subsequently did not happen. In May 2012, Burlington Coat Factory closed, leaving Regal Cinema and J.C. Penney. In early 2013, Regal Cinemas closed their cinema, leaving only J.C. Penney, which had been there since 1957, as the last tenant. In March 2013, demolition of the Latham Circle Mall began, to make way for a new shopping center.[3]

JC Penney closed this location around January 4, 2014.[4]

Cancelled renovation[edit]

It was reported on May 19, 2007, by all major Albany media outlets that plans were underway to renovate the mall. The plan would have involved a complete refacing of the building, as well as several new tenants. The renovation never materialized, however. Latham Circle Mall has since faced foreclosure and is in debt for $21 million.[5]

New ownership[edit]

In September 2009, the mall's Boston-area lender, LR6-A Latham L.L.C., bought the property at auction. The lender, which is an affiliate of the real estate investment firm Realty Financial Partners of Wellesley, Massachusetts, brought foreclosure proceedings against the mall last year.[6]

New leasing effort[edit]

On May 2, 2011, CB Richard Ellis took over leasing at Latham Circle Mall.[7] They released a new redevelopment plan, which aims to be a mixture of anchor stores, small shops, restaurants and grocery. This plan involved removing most, if not all, of the indoor mall portion. Existing anchor stores such as JC Penney and Lowe's would remain in their current locations.[8]

On August 21, 2012, a new redevelopment plan was proposed by the Grossman Development Group, named the Shoppes at Latham Circle. That latest proposal would have retained the J.C. Penney and Lowe's stores, with the Regal Cinema also remaining for a minimum of two years. However, Regal later decided to pull out of the mall altogether. [9] Demolition began in March 2013. Also in March, Dick's Sporting Goods announced it would be the first tenant at the newly proposed Shoppes At Latham Circle.[10]

One January 4, 2014, J.C. Penney closed the Latham store, leaving Lowe's as the only business left open on the property.[11]

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Coordinates: 42°44′47″N 73°45′51″W / 42.74639°N 73.76417°W / 42.74639; -73.76417