Monday, October 6, 2008

Old Randhurst Mall Mt. Prospect Il.



















Know that Randhurst is closed ,I thought that i should post the photos,from my first visit there. I also am posting the anchor stores as they changed trough the years.Hope you enjoy them.

14 comments:

Laura said...

Interesting how the old MainStreet store facade is similar to today's Kohl's stores.

shockwave4life said...

Thank you very much for posting these! I was there on the mall's final day and could not figure out what the former Spiess/Old Navy store was. Some of those older photos compared to how it looked toward the end I would've never recognized the mall.

Didi said...

Great set of photos! I found your way through Dave's blog.

dumpstermcnuggets said...

Your pics really make me wish the one time I ever went to Randhurst was during its peak era, rather than in the time when it was starting to decline in the early 2000s. Great pics, as always!

Sheila said...

Ummm when did Randhurst close? My first job was at that mall at Just Pants (I hope this doesn't give away my age..LOL). How sad, I would go to that mall every time I came back to town!!!

Kirstin said...

I love these photos. My first job was at Randhurst in the art store in the lower level. My next job was at Lerner. I got my dress for Winter Ball at Madigans (I totally forgot about Madigans!) and the shoes for the dance came from Chaz A. Stevens. This mall holds so much nostalgia for me that it is really hard to imagine that it is closed now. I had so many good times - PJ's Trick Shop, the record store where I got my WLS Hot 100 lists....it goes on and on. Thank you.

Renee said...

I live out in AZ now, but my first job was in the Bakery Department at Wieboldt's department store, many, many years ago where we gave out S & H Green stamps. Wow! It seems like it was just yesterday! So sad that Randhurst is closing down after all these years.

AHSGeezer said...

Thanks for the photos! My family moved to Arlington Heights in 1960 and we all were excited when Randhurst opened. I remember standing in Wards trying to decide for a Barbie's Fashion Shoppe and a Miss Barbie for my sister's gift, and many times my mom would take my sister and me shopping there, buying essentials like "name frame" notebook paper and trolls. Sometimes we'd eat at the Tartan Tray - big excitement in those days! Thanks again!

Robert said...

Thanks for posting the photos...I grew up in the 70s and spent many days at the mall... My brother and I walked the near vacant mall shortly before it closed...sad thing is that it was also one of my last memories of my brother who died shortly after that. Again, thanks for the post

Cathy said...
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Cathy said...

Enjoyed your photos of Randhurst. My father worked for the engineering firm that designed the heating systems for the mall, ROBERT E. HATTIS ENGINEERS (their office was in the Old Orchard office building, when that building used to be at the FRONT of the O.O. Mall!). My family was at Randhurst's grand opening (I was still in grade school at the time) and we had a wonderful time with all of the festivities hosted by the stores that day. They stores were all handing out brightly colored aluminum keys, ONE of which would give a winner access to a treasure box and some sort of big a prize. Fun memories!

jca said...

Thanks for the pictures. I have fond memories of visiting Randhurst with my mother in the early 60s. An indoor mall was a really big deal back then. We would eat at the cafeteria located in the center. I think the name was "Tartan Tray". There was only one level of stores, as I recall. It seems strange to me at the time to have a grocery store located at a mall. Still does.

Matt Smith said...

I have both good and bad memories of Randhurst. I worked there at the Record Town in the basement in 1989. That was a lot of fun. We used to annoy Officer Pizza (yes, his real name), a security guard who was a real life Paul Blart. I moved to the townhomes behind Randhurst in 2003 and couldn't have been more miserable. Randhurst sat in a crime ridden neighborhood and the mall management just didn't seem to care about keeping up the mall. It's sad that it's gone, but likely for the best. Thankfully I don't live in Mount Prospect any longer, but I have tons of memories of that mall.

Barb said...

Great memories! One of my first jobs was working at the buffeteria in Wards. It was always a thrill to go shopping with Mom and enjoy lunch at the Tartan Tray too!