Magazine says Chambersburg Mall is en...

Magazine says Chambersburg Mall is endangered

There are 110 comments on the Public Opinion story from Jun 30, 2009, titled Magazine says Chambersburg Mall is endangered. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Troubled: Chambersburg Mall is among three Pennsylvania malls on the list of the nations 10 most endangered, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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Jeff

Bayville, NJ

#1 Jul 1, 2009
Atrophy. A few department stores and too many schlock shops in the mix. The failing economy will ensure the mall's decline as a "perennial underperformer.
What the Hell

El Paso, TX

#2 Jul 1, 2009
Whats thier point?
well there you go

Anderson, IN

#3 Jul 1, 2009
tell me something I don't know.
Rob

Wilmington, DE

#4 Jul 1, 2009
The mall is getting worse...how many hair salons and clothing shops does the mall need? Also, chbg mall has NO food court...it used to be awesome back in the 80's and 90's but no more...I often go to the Hagerstown valley mall for my mall shopping
giddy

Gettysburg, PA

#5 Jul 1, 2009
maybe if they got some good stores in there people would shop in it. But the stores are lacking any appeal. Its becoming a large "craft" mall. Green Township should allow alcohol then maybe a few restaurants added would draw in some customers. And bring in more revenue.
Phillip

Monticello, IN

#6 Jul 1, 2009
They're sure spending plenty on 70 foot wide road to get traffic to the mall. The owners of the mall gouge the renters and have unrealistic demands. No wonder it's dying. I wish it had died prior to this road work getting started.
anonymous

Lafayette Hill, PA

#7 Jul 1, 2009
Unfortunately some stores won't come into Chambersburg Mall because of the area's demographics. Even the Valley Mall doesn't seem to have a lot to offer anymore. I sometimes go to Harrisburg or Lancaster to find the stores I'm looking for (I have a teenage daughter). I was glad to see Aeropostale come to the mall.
devils advocate

Coatesville, PA

#8 Jul 1, 2009
They charge too much for rent and don't do enough upkeep. And as for "discounted retailers" perhaps they would've done better to get a T.J. Maxx than some stores (Boltons) that nobody's ever heard of.
Oh, and BTW, were's the customer service located now? I know there was a sign for where it moved to but I'll be darned if I can find it. Not too many people are gonna go on a wild goose chase to find it so they can buy gift cards and the like.
C-burg grad

Anderson, IN

#9 Jul 1, 2009
devils advocate wrote:
They charge too much for rent and don't do enough upkeep. And as for "discounted retailers" perhaps they would've done better to get a T.J. Maxx than some stores (Boltons) that nobody's ever heard of.
Oh, and BTW, were's the customer service located now? I know there was a sign for where it moved to but I'll be darned if I can find it. Not too many people are gonna go on a wild goose chase to find it so they can buy gift cards and the like.
I totally agree with the comment about customer service. So much for wanting to be visible for customers! You practically have to go on a hunt to locate it and they do not offer 1/2 the services they used to! It also no longer caters to children as the cars/wagons are gone!
the 13th step

United States

#10 Jul 1, 2009
oh well ! the place sucked i stopped going there 10 years ago.
myself

Somerset, NJ

#11 Jul 1, 2009
The mall is really bad. I do not go their at all. It was nice about 10-15 years ago. The mall has nothing to offer. I go to Hagerstown to do my shopping.

“Don't tread on me!”

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#12 Jul 1, 2009
Chambersburg has a mall?

WOW.

Since: Jun 08

Mount Holly Springs, PA

#13 Jul 1, 2009
after value city and shenk & tittle, and a few other stores left, the mall basically fell on its face. and as someone had said above, its become a craft mall. too many hair/nail stylists indeed. alot of empty spots in there, no wonder noone wants to go there.

“Illegitimi non carborundum”

Since: Apr 08

Hagerstown, MD

#14 Jul 1, 2009
Another nail in the coffin for that place.
I don't think that report will be too attrative for any new prospective stores to move in.
Anybody see tumbleweeds rolling across the parking lot yet?
PITA

Hagerstown, MD

#15 Jul 1, 2009
I live in chambersburg but very rarely go to the Dark and Dismal Mall. They have nothing there. I travel to Harrisburg or Frederick to get what I need. Close it down or do something positive with it.
DEETS

Glenside, PA

#16 Jul 1, 2009
Parents should be outraged! If the mall closes, where are they going to get free babysitting on Friday and Saturdays?
George

Sterling, VA

#17 Jul 1, 2009
Haven't been there in several years; no problem for me! I hate to shop - I order a lot off of the internet. I LOVE Amazon.com !
Sparkly Pup

York, PA

#18 Jul 1, 2009
Dear PREIT owners:
How about some worthwile cosmetic upgrades - like Crown American did years ago at Valley Mall less than 30 miles away?

You know - pleasant environment, feeling of safety and security, nice furnishings in the public areas?

At our Chambersburg "Shoe" Mall, the entrys smell funky, the building itself seems cheaply maintained, and the flimsy beat-up entry doors often stick when you try to enter. From that point on, things only get worse.

I look for C-Burg's mall to close in the next 2 years.
OLD NEWS

Hampstead, MD

#19 Jul 1, 2009
The C-burg sucks, about 15-20 years ago it had so many differnt stores but now it it so bare. Here are a few suggestions. Get a food court, bring in more stores for teens. I hear the malls rent is too high so that may be a reason why stores don't want to do business in the mall. Its a shame that we all have to travel to other towns to do our shopping but until the c-burg mall improves no one is going to go there. They have two stores that are worth going to Aero & AE.
angrybob

Shermans Dale, PA

#20 Jul 1, 2009
Unfortunately, I said when the Mall was built that it was a waste of a good orchard and it looks like I've been proven right. Hate to have all those jobs lost, though.

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