AIRPORT MALL
Union Street and Griffin Road
Bangor, Maine

Construction started on the Pine Tree State's second shopping mall in August 1968. The single-level, fully-enclosed structure was developed by a joint venture of Epstein Commercial Real Estate, Saul Coppelman and Boston's Theodore Berenson & Associates.

The community-class center was situated on 20 acres, located 2.2 miles northwest of center city Bangor. It was built across the road from Dow Air Force Base, which closed in 1968 and re-opened, as Bangor International Airport, in 1969.

Housing 232,400 leasable square feet and twenty stores and services, AIRPORT MALL was anchored by a 1-level (77,300 square foot) Woolco discount mart, which opened March 4, 1970. This was joined by a 1-level (57,600 square foot), Bangor-based Freese's, dedicated March 10, 1970.

AIRPORT MALL was officially dedicated March 12, 1970. Charter tenants included Chess King, Fanny Farmer Candies, Mr. Paperback, Radio Shack and Doug's Shop 'N Save supermarket.

A larger retail rival was eventually built. BANGOR MALL {2.9 miles northeast, in Bangor} opened in October 1978.

Woolco, at AIRPORT MALL, was shuttered in January 1983, with its space re-opening, as a Salem, Massachusetts-based Rich's discount mart, the following May. Freese's closed in 1985 and was divided into store spaces housing Fashion Bug, Staples and Weight Watchers.

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania-based WP Realty acquired AIRPORT MALL in August 1998. Rich's had went out of business in January 1997, with Rocky Hill, Connecticut-based Ames setting up shop September 24, 1998. This store lasted until 2002. Doug's Shop 'N Save was rebranded by the Hannaford supermarket chain in 2001.

The Woolco / Ames store was sectioned into three retail spaces. A (30,000 square foot), Framingham, Massachusetts-based Marshalls opened November 1, 2003. A (19,800 square foot), Chesapeake, Virginia-based Dollar Tree began business May 30, 2008. The final tenant, a (27,500 square foot), North Kingston, Rhode Island-based Ocean State Job Lot, welcomed its first shoppers on July 10, 2008.

Sources:

http://sites.google.com/site/zayre88/Airport-mall
www.wprealty.com
http://www.chartweb.com/filecabinet/CenterPages/Airport_Mall-Bangor,ME.htm
"Bangor International Airport" article on Wikipedia
The Bangor Daily News
http://www.choosebangor.com


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