Friday, September 8, 2023

The Chesterfield Mall Will be Replaced. I'm Kind of Bummed About It

The Chesterfield Mall is one of the malls out here in the Saint Louis region. It is well past its glory days when it had lots of stores. It is a bit of a ghost with just some fantastic stores left in it including an awesome Vintage Stock, my friends at Grape's Games, a Cheesecake Factory, and some other neat establishments. Plans had been in the works for some time to either alter the Mall or outright tear it down and build new stuff in its place. Well, as of this week, a huge plan to demolish the Chesterfield Mall and create a mixed-use space with offices, housing, and commercial businesses has been approved. It will be a two-billion-dollar development and create an urban city center within Chesterfield. This sounds neat, but I'm kind of bummed about it.

I loved the Chesterfield Mall when it was more so in what could be considered its prime. The place was full of stores and restaurants, it had a carousel you could ride, and was just really fun. Then as happened with many malls it just started losing businesses and when COVID-19 hit that made everything even worse. I hope the businesses that are currently within the Chesterfield Mall will be able to relocate nearby or into the new development at some point. I especially love the good folks at the Chesterfield Vintage Stock and want it to have a location somehow. I guess we'll see what happens when we get into late 2024 and the actual demolishing and building of new stuff begins.

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