Bad tidings came for RICHLAND MALL in 1992, when the shiny new GALLERIA JOHNSTOWN opened its doors. It snatched the RICHLAND Sears and -in general- put the hurt on the region's original shopping mall.
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The typical reaction to news of an impending newer and larger mall in the area is to renovate...as was done with RICHLAND in 1989. The snatched Sears became the aforementioned Hills discount mart. Unfortunately, these modifications could not stop the mall's inevitable decline.