A subspecies of the urban explorer set are people into dead malls. Coming from the land of malls myself, New Jersey, I've got dead mall exploration in my blood and would love to get a chance to get inside one. So imagine my interest on spying one wedge of Cortana looking abandoned.
Cortana Mall, er, uh, "The Mall at Cortana" a name adjustment which rings false even to a newcomer like me who hasn't been inside the mall, isn't yet a dead mall, but like a lot of suburban shopping complexes these days, it's not doing great. I think I read somewhere that it's at about 70% occupancy, and no one really expects that number to rise.
This is just a brief post concerning the former Steve & Barry's University Sportswear.
Apparently the designers of this store felt no need to disguise the air vents or drop a ceiling. Thanks for dressing up, Steve & Barry's University Sportswear!
I hadn't been there but a minute when a white security SUV pulled up, and was met by a guy in a sportscar who wanted to talk to the security guard. I took that as my cue to leave, looking sketchy. It was just faster that way.
I went about my buisness at one of the outlying stores, but at this point I'd only taken interior shots. I returned on my way out of the mall for the exterior shots from afar. Then I decided to do one last roll past the doors to the store in my car to squint in at a sign and make sure I had the store name right.
The moment I slowed down by the windows, along came the guy in the sportscar again, from out of nowhere crossing the empty lot to me. Then I realized he must have called security on me the first time. What, does this guy just sit and guard the store all day? Was he Steve and/or Barry? He reminded me of one of those little satellite fish that eats plankton off a shark or something, or those white birds that are always around cows. Okay then, sir. You can have your empty Steve and Barry's store. Enjoy.