The MART-MALL was unceremoniously demolished in 2001 and 2002. Today, a lot of locals tend to blame the failed shopping hub for the decline of downtown Middletown...something of a snap judgement. Weighing in all the facts, a different picture begins to emerge. CITY CENTRE MART did not single-handedly kill the downtown area. This process had been put in motion as far back as the late 1950s, as is shown in the diagram above.