Friday, January 05, 2007

former Sears, SouthPark mall, Charlotte, North Carolina. Fairview Road façade. Photgraphed 4/16/01.

former Sears, SouthPark mall, Charlotte, North Carolina. Barclay Downs Drive façade. Note the parking deck construction in foreground. Photgraphed 8/8/02.

former Sears, SouthPark mall, Charlotte, North Carolina. Grand Opening advertisement, 1970. (courtesy Pat Richardson).

former Sears, SouthPark mall, Charlotte, North Carolina. Return receipt from 1987. (Pat Richardson)

former Sears, SouthPark mall, Charlotte, North Carolina. Merchandise pickup receipt from 1987. (Pat Richardson)

Receipts pictured are used by permission of the purchaser and have been reduced in size and altered to mask personal information.


  1. One of my favorite stores ever, hands down.

  2. I thought about that when I posted these :-)

    It's one of the more subtly designed store I knew of. Too bad it's gone.

  3. All I can say about these pictures is-WOW!!! Anymore from this group waiting to be posted? Thanks foir these!

  4. Those are the only two really good Sears SouthPark shots I have, but check back for more Belk SouthPark pics! :-)

  5. Sears closed a store? What happened?
    The signage on this building is interesting. I've never seen one like it.

  6. The official reason Sears SouthPark closed was underperforming sales. But it was largely a case of them getting pushed out in favor of more upscale tenants. On the Sears site, there is now Urban Outfitters, California Pizza Kitchen, Dick's Sporting Goods, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Morton's Steakhouse, and McCormick & Schmick's

    I need to find the detail picture of how the building walls were configured. They were set back and slanted, like a set of vertical blinds. Each of the store's letters was on its own 'slat.' It was a cool store up close.

  7. I really like how the Sears letters on the wall of this store look. I think I also see what you're saying about how the walls of this Sears store looked, though it's too bad you can't really tell it was designed like that from the 2 pics you have of it.

    Maybe eventually, you can find some closer-up pics of this store's exterior, that better illustrate what you were saying about its exterior.


  8. I do actually have a close-up photo of Sears' façade, though it's not of the entrance. I caught a piece of it in a shot of one of the rear mall entrances (Morrison’s Cafeteria side, if you’re keeping score at home). I’ll have to scan it sometime. It’s a perfect illustration of the stepped brickwork.