Recently, I had a chance to re-visit the Carolina Circle Mall remnants in
Greensboro, NC. To my amazement, some new plans are apparently in
the works for this run-down area. In the following twelve photographs you
will find what the abandoned mall looks like today, and the signs of a
future plan for the mall.
Once I arrived at the mall, I was stunned to see that there were signs
advertising “Pyramids Village – Coming Soon Fall 2004.” It seemed to be
the same type of area as it was when I left the Greensboro area in the
spring of 2000. The last two major anchors have closed down
(Montgomery Ward’s and Toys R Us) as you can see in the photographs.
Toys R Us was still in business until 2001, but apparently closed down at
the same time Ward’s left. The adjacent plaza across the street also holds
the remnants of an abandoned K-Mart, which pulled out of the plaza in
What is interesting about this mall is that they are trying to bring it back to
life yet again. With failed attempts in 1979 and 1987, some developer still
believes he can revive this mall. The new name will be the “Pyramid
Village” shopping center I assume. The economic surroundings in this
area of town are not good. This is the most underdeveloped part of
Greensboro, still looking about the same as it did in the late 1970s.
Now for a description of the twelve photographs; In some photographs,
the quintessential circle design of the mall’s trademark can still be seen.
Along with this, the colors look like something out of an Episode of CHiPs.
A vivid orange color outlines the top of most of the boarded entrances to
Belk, Ward’s, and Ivey’s (Dillards). There used to be an accessible
entrance during certain community flea markets, but not during the winter
I guess. This looks like it has been closed to anyone for at least a few
months. There were various builders and contractors dotted around the
building, who I assume were working for “Pyramid Village.” There were
also many shady characters loitering and just hanging around.
This mall is extremely fascinating because it seems to be a dead area that
they are trying to revive. If “Pyramid Village” is to succeed, they must
hope for Greensboro’s elite to travel the 5-7 miles down Cone Blvd. to get
this mall. The upper class area of Greensboro is fairly close to the mall
but the attraction of other shopping centers (Friendly Center) that are
more “yuppie friendly” may lure these people away from “Pyramid
Village.” I will wait a couple years and hopefully update the progress of
the proposed reviving of this mall of the 1970s. If you have any questions
or comments please feel free to E-Mail me at DolbyNR@Att.net