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Friday, February 03, 2006

For the Appleton peeps: Valley Fair Mall RIP

In case you haven't heard, the Valley Fair Mall is being sent to the great shopping center in the sky. Like countless other native Appletonians, I have many cherished childhood memories of the Valley Fair Mall. Going to the arcade, seeing movies at Valley Value Cinema, shoplifting dirty magazines by the half-dozen from the book store. Please excuse me, I have to stop typing to wipe away a tear.

Still, this is the for the best. The Valley Fair Mall has been a mess for years. Some well-intentioned folks recently tried to turn it into the world's first "teen mall" or whatever, but they failed. Apparently, every mall is a teen mall. And a vaguely religious paintball court can't compete with the Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch.

I wonder how this will affect the Valley Fair's core demographic, which is evenly split among mall-walking senior citizens and dry-humping teenagers looking for a safe place to smoke.


Blogger klhp said...

I, too, am sad that the VFM will be no more. I snuck into many an R-rated movie there, while dodging the Asian gangs at the arcade.

On top of it all, my grandpa built it, so a family memory is also being razed.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous markwr said...

VFM. I have manymany fond memories. The random run in with the hot girls from school, the arcade.. the kids who got to rent the arcade out for their birthday that i watched through the window.. didn't do any porn lifting, but i spent plenty of time filming french video's there.

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Cheddar said...

Shameless self-promotion: Keep an eye on The P-C's editorial page vis-a-vis this topic for the next couple days.

1:05 PM  
Blogger paul said...

It can't be true! The world's first indoor mall is no more*?

Yeah, the Valley Fair was the place I could get to on my own. Way back, it used to be home to Mike's Town and Country grocery store. They used to have first run movies, and I definitely burned through the quarters at Pocket Change playing Spy Hunter and Ikari Warriors, among others. I used to work at the Kohl's Department Store in the mall as well... and I still have a CD boombox that I got there on my discount. Sadly, no action with the ladies there though...just like the rest of Appleton.

*is this true or not?

2:56 PM  
Anonymous markwr said...

paul, thanks for the specific use of names in your comment. i forgot it was called pocket change... and i had forgotten that the super market was also there.. ahhh .. i do recall the kohls.. and what i thought was a *secret passage into the mall.

*this is at the time... I was like 6.. i realize now that it's pretty common.

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh my god, no way. my mind is a little fuzzy from too many years under the bridge but is is possible you might have been conceived there. you forgot to memntion Godfather's Pizza. the best pizza I have ever had.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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12:46 AM  

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