what about charlestown mall
shopper

United States

#22 Jun 25, 2009
I think Charlestown started around 1979. In the beginning there were so many good buys. In the 1980s I began to realize there were better deals to be found at department store sales than found at Charlestown. I finally gave up and stopped going there, and I suspect everyone else felt the same. Management doesn't have control over what stores sell and at what price--they are basically the landlord. I believe the bargain priced stores pulled people in, and the other specialty stores benefited from the traffic.
BigBoy

New York, NY

#23 Jun 26, 2009
I left a shit there once in the big boy toilet!
stifftime

Geneva, NY

#24 Jun 29, 2009
old days wrote:
That place was great,a lot of stores with some of the best brands. The best part was going to the top floor, sorry,you people never saw the top floor.
I can't remember if it was mossberg, oh well, there was still the old gun factory up there with all the old equipment.I think Gigliotti owned it and took
all the guns that where left behind, it was cool to see all the old turret lathe's and boring mills.
The best part was all the women that worked there,
a lot of hotties. I use to take them to the top floor and show them the barrel's.
it was savage arms too bad its gone but most of industry evaporated leaving behind remnants of a city that became a once was.
annie

United States

#25 Dec 6, 2009
does anyone have photos of the interior from back them? I also vaguely remember coming here as a kid. would LOVE to see some old pics.
Storage

Syracuse, NY

#26 May 21, 2010
There is some storage there i am going to clean my grandpas out and it all leaked the electric is shorted out and the floors are all screwed up
Mr North Utica

Middleville, NY

#27 May 21, 2010
I can remenber working on the inside sandblasting the walls.
Not mine

Syracuse, NY

#28 May 22, 2010
annie wrote:
does anyone have photos of the interior from back them? I also vaguely remember coming here as a kid. would LOVE to see some old pics.
http://joemezz.com/Charlestown/
Exon

Syracuse, NY

#29 May 22, 2010
I remember just a few things as I was very young. I remember walking through the halls, but nothing specific.
I remember one of the restaurants was nice, but a cafeteria style restaurant where you take a tray down the line like the one that use to be in Montgomery Wards.
I remember big ponds in the middle with giant Koi.
Then of course in later years when I was older I use to go with my grandfather to pay his car insurance payments there. The cafateria was also still there at that time and most occupied "stores" were now offices.
Then even later Garfield's(I think) or some other restaurant and OTB.
Uticanative

United States

#30 Jan 8, 2011
I remember going to Charlestown outlets on the weekends too, I grew up in NH, and my mother would take me and my sis there on the weekend to buy clothes for school, or just to look around. It was a nice old factory, lots of history, and they had a restaurant there with a water fountain in the old pond on the premises, I remember seeing that. Anyway, sad to hear this is now gone, I live in Vancouver, Wa now, and I have not seen this place since the 80's..
Gay Guy

Utica, NY

#31 Apr 1, 2011
I recall going with my mother to pay the rent on our home in the late 90s... there were still a couple small shops, but most likely just for the few office people that worked there. I doubt they turned much of a profit.
I was so surprised when she told me it used to be a shopping mall, I'd only ever been in Sangertown, Riverside, and Carousel, so being in that building just stunned me... it was beautiful.
Elderly Queen

Long Eddy, NY

#32 Apr 1, 2011
I never found much that I liked there -- and rarely anything that fit -- but I had friends who had grown up around here & moved out of state, & whenever they came up to visit family for a holiday, I would always have to take them there -- they would buy a lot of clothes (they had jobs where there was a dress code) at what they said were ridiculously low prices. I would just walk around and check out all the hot guys. I often wondered if anything went on in the men's room.
abc

Utica, NY

#33 Apr 1, 2011
bring back Charlestown Mall
We love themall

Long Eddy, NY

#34 Apr 1, 2011
Exon wrote:
I remember just a few things as I was very young. I remember walking through the halls, but nothing specific.
I remember one of the restaurants was nice, but a cafeteria style restaurant where you take a tray down the line like the one that use to be in Montgomery Wards.
I remember big ponds in the middle with giant Koi.
Then of course in later years when I was older I use to go with my grandfather to pay his car insurance payments there. The cafateria was also still there at that time and most occupied "stores" were now offices.
Then even later Garfield's(I think) or some other restaurant and OTB.
The restaurant I remember was decorated with all sorts of stuff Gaetano took out of the buildings they remodeled. Wasn't it called "Charlie G's" or something like that?
Paul

Mountain View, CA

#35 Apr 1, 2011
Think you are right about the name being Charlie G's. I have been wondering what happened to Charlestown. In the early 1980's I moved out of state and recently came back and it is closed up!

So, that is the old Savage Arms building?
PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE

Rome, NY

#36 Apr 1, 2011
another DEATH TRAP BUILDING THAT NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AT... YET CODES DOES NOTHING....
Bah

Frisco, TX

#37 Jun 6, 2011
The pizza place in the food court was my favorite when I was a kid.

I remember going there one night for dinner with my father towards the end of the malls life, and as we were walking down the hall to the food court a man closed the gate.

My dad said something to him which I don't remember, but the guy told us that they were closing, for good.

Talk about having the door slammed on your face lol. Needless to say I was quite devastated, probably only being 6 or 7.
Becky

Bayport, NY

#38 Aug 9, 2011
Used to come there from Schoharie as a kid. We would always get donuts at the end of the day - delicious - and eat pizza for lunch. There was also a place in the food court called the noon whistle. I remember walking by Charlie G's, but we never went there - too "fancy" for us (i.e. waitresses, lol).
KidsPort, USA was the store we always shopped in for all of my school clothes. Carters catered more to infants/toddlers. I still have HealthTex hangers from Kidsport. It was one of the later stores to go. There was also a Corning/Revereware store that shared space with the Fisher Price store, which always seemed strange to me as a kid. Definitely something like BlueBell jeans or something to that effect, and I think a place that sold Van Heusen. As others have said, this was a true factory outlet. Absolutely loved going there as a kid.
hotMESS

Syracuse, NY

#39 Aug 9, 2011
I went there a few times years ago- but never really like it. The atmosphere was really dark and depressing to me, and yeah the elevators were scary.

I only remember the Carter's outlet( is there still one in NY Mills?), the Goldmine, and the Pizza place.
Real Deal

Baldwinsville, NY

#40 Aug 9, 2011
Charlie G's on the 'wharf'....it had a scenic overlook of the chemical vat pond out back there....I guess that is one way to pretty it up!
BillyG

Valatie, NY

#41 Aug 12, 2011
From an old brochure (no idea when from, though):

(L=Ladies Wear, C=Childrens Wear, M=Multi Department Stores, S=Shoe Outlets, J=Jewelry & Accessories, H=Home Furnishings, P=Specialty Shops, R=Restaurants, F=Fast Food)

1st Floor:
Cafe Square - Pizza Factory & Fun Foods/Donut Factory (F)
Gentlemen's Wear-House/Bristol County (M)
Carter's (C)
Clothes Hound (M)
Charlie G's (R)
Leslie Fay (L)
PeachTree Gifts/Information Center (S)

2nd Floor:
Van Heusen (M)
Campus (M)
Little Red Shoe House (S)
Munsingwear/Vasarette (M)
Quoddy (S)
Manhattan Designer Outlet (M)
Londontown (M)
World Bazaar (H)
Leather Gallery (J)
Gold Mine (J)
The Dress Barn (L)
Craftime (P)
Old Mill (L)
Kids Port USA (C)
DB Seymour's Variety Shop (P)
Club House Tavern I (R)
OTB (P)
Bass Shoes (S)

Or 27 total stores/businesses.

There appear at this point to be vacancies (#113 on the 1st Floor,#205,207,213 on the 2nd) from the map - 113 was a large space (equal to Carters), the others were fairly small.

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