A physical layout of the newly-enclosed GULFGATE MALL. The roofing renovation was the only major reconstruction ever given the shopping center. Other mid-century malls often went through several anchor rebrandings. GULFGATE had just one. Joske's became a Dillard's Clearance Center in 1987. When Sakowitz was shuttered, in 1985, its store space was never retenanted.


GULFGATE MALL began to decline in the mid-1980s. By the mid-'90s, it was virtually vacant. The complex was given a wrecking ball renovation in mid-2001. It was replaced with, you guessed it, an open-air power plaza. Known as GULFGATE CENTER, its first stores opened in May 2002.
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Mass-based Marshalls, just one of the big box stores operating in today's GULFGATE CENTER.
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