Retro Charlotte

Eastland Mall flashback

Christmas shoppers fill the parking lot (and there’s that iconic sunburst logo!), 1979
Christmas shoppers fill the parking lot (and there’s that iconic sunburst logo!), 1979 The Charlotte Observer

Bonus: A 1979 Mall Directory is tucked into the slideshow!

Eastland Mall opened in 1975 at the corner of Central Avenue and Sharon Amity with three anchor department stores: Belk, J.C. Penney and Ivey’s. Sears moved in a few years later. The indoor ice skating rink, movie theater, and food court were huge draws! But the the mall fell on hard times and closed in 2010. The city purchased the property and was almost sold for movie studio purposes but plans fell through and the mall was demolished in 2013. The Eastland Community Transit Center is located on part of the property, and the last time I drove by on a Saturday there was a huge flea market in the parking lot.

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