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You shopped until they dropped
A large building made of concrete, stone, and glass shown in black and white. The majority of the building's center is made of windows, and inside large floor-to-ceiling curtains are visible. The outside of the building has signage that reads "The Bon Marche,"
The Bon Marche — later known as Macy’s — was Northgate Mall’s original anchor tenant.|Photo courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives via Flickr
Shopping malls across America have been left in a state that not even Paul Blart could save, and Seattle is no exception.

Known as “dead malls,” these abandoned, dilapidated, or mostly vacant shopping centers have become a subject of fascination — especially thanks to the online popularity of liminal space aesthetics.

Let’s go to the mall

Northgate Mall was once in its heyday.

America’s first-ever shopping center to be deemed a “mall,” Northgate opened in 1950 with The Bon Marché — which later went on to become Macy’s — as an anchor store. Before being remodeled + adding a food court, the mall housed an A&P grocery store that later became a QFC. Locals may remember stores like Toys “R” Us and Lamonts, or The Northgate Theater that was demolished in 2005.

Though the mall remained popular for many years, many tenants had departed by the mid-to-late 2000s and plans had been placed to redevelop the mall.

Back to the future

Today the mall is still around, but not as it once was. Construction continues on the area now known as Northgate Station, but Seattleites can still shop while updates progress.

Though Northgate Mall has transformed, Seattle also has a number of other thriving shopping centers or districts where you can make like NSYNC and buy, buy, buy:
Share your memories from a local mall’s heyday.
First dates at the food court, trying on prom dresses at the department store, hitting up Orange Julius before picking up the perfect graphic tee at Hot Topic — we wanna hear it all.
Friday, July 5
  • First Friday BamBam Ceramics | Friday, July 5 | 5:45-8 p.m. | Side Rail Collective, 5511 Airport Way S., Seattle | $85 | Make a kooky-looking vase or flowerpot by beating clay slabs together.
Saturday, July 6
  • Missy Elliott: Out of This World Experience Tour | Saturday, July 6 | 7 p.m. | Climate Pledge Arena, 334 First Ave. N., Seattle | $44-$324 | Get Ur Freak On with this line-up that also features legends Ciara, Busta Rhymes, and Timbaland.
  • 5k Beer Run x Big Time Brewery | Saturday, July 6 | 10:30 a.m. | Big Time Brewery & Alehouse, 4133 University Way NE, Seattle | $20-$50 | Run like there’s a cold one waiting for you at the finish line — oh right, there is.
Sunday, July 7
  • Seattle Zine Fest 2024 | Sunday, July 7 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Capitol Hill, 420 15th Ave. E., Seattle | Free | Come peruse the 60+ artists in attendance, check out the zine library, or make your own at the hands-on workshop.
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News Notes
  • Seattle City Council will vote next week about whether the proposed $1.55 billion transportation levy will be sent to citizens’ ballots in November. If approved, the proposal would send $145 million to improving transit connections, $135 million to sidewalk repairs, and $114 million to bike lane expansions — among other initiatives. (KING 5)
  • The Mount Rainier white-tailed ptarmigan is now listed as a threatened species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These speckled birds that spend their entire lives in the Cascades’ high altitudes are facing a dwindling habitat as they rely on the mountain’s snowpack. (Seattle Times)
  • The Seattle Fire Department has some new tools in its toolbelt: two customized Sea-Doos. These watercrafts that look like suped-up jet skis are intended to help speed up water rescue response times. The Sea-Doos will be kept on Lake Washington at the Leschi North Moorage. (Seattle Times)
  • Alright, you smarty pants. The Seattle-area (which encompasses the Eastside and Tacoma in this instance) was recently ranked as the 10th most educated city in the US by WalletHub. The study looked at factors like the number of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree, gender education gaps, and public school quality to make its ranking. (WalletHub)
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From the editor
Since we’re all sharing our mall stories, I’ll add that my first kiss was in a mall outside a Borders bookstore. It was the least romantic thing you can imagine — we both had coffee breath and again... it was in a mall. But, I’ve had plenty of romantic kisses since then, so I am thankfully un-scarred.
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