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The Shoppes at South Hills, formerly South Hills Mall, is a shopping mall on U.S. 9, now converted into a strip mall, in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York. The 675,000 ft² plaza opened in 1978 and included two anchors, Sears and Kmart, at opposite ends of the mall. Currently, The Shoppes at South Hills are owned and operated by DLC Management Corporation.

The Shoppes at South Hills
LocationPoughkeepsie, New York, United States
Coordinates41°37′02″N73°55′13″W /41.617251°N 73.920326°W /41.617251; -73.920326Coordinates: 41°37′02″N73°55′13″W /41.617251°N 73.920326°W /41.617251; -73.920326
Opening date1978
Closing dateDecember 31, 2007 (Indoor Mall) Still in Operation (Strip Mall)
ManagementDLC Management Corporation
OwnerDLC Management Corporation
No. of stores and services11
No. of anchor tenants3
Total retail floor area75,000 sq ft (7,000 m2)
No. of floors1
Parking2000+ spaces

The mall is adjacent to its more successful rival, the Poughkeepsie Galleria, and the two properties are linked by a series of roads between the two properties. These roads pass directly in front of a Lowe's. situated on a plot between the Shoppes and the Galleria. The Galleria's existence led to the slow decline and eventual closing of South Hills Mall. The mall was demolished, rebuilt, rebranded, and reopened in 2008 following the closing of the indoor mall. Old "South Hills Mall" signage remained up for several months after reconstruction completed.

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History of South Hills

South Hills Mall was the first indoor shopping mall in Poughkeepsie and the second in Dutchess County (after Dutchess Mall in Fishkill, 10 miles south). It was constructed at a cost of $110 million. Upon opening, anchors were Sears and Kmart, in addition to dozens of smaller shops and stores, including Record World, Walden Books, NY Piano and Organ, Spencer Gifts, and Endicott Johnson Shoes. The original plan called for Forbes & Wallace as the other anchor. South Hills quickly became the dominant retail center in the Poughkeepsie area, leading to the closing of prominent downtown retailer Luckey Platt & Co. in 1981. An eight-screen movie theater opened in 1984 in the space previously occupied by Park Place Roller Rink.

In 1985, an expansion in the center of the mall added a food court, which featured a Burger King, a sandwich shop, and a pizza place, as well as a Hess's department store.

The "Technodome", which used to be located above the food court

In the early 1980s, an initial proposal for a two-story mall adjacent to South Hills was submitted; after several years of protests, this proposal became the Poughkeepsie Galleria and opened in 1987. Though the malls co-existed successfully for the first several years of the Galleria's existence, as the 1990s began South Hills began to suffer. The decline largely began in 1991 when Hess's closed their location and Sears moved to the Galleria; the Hess's space was replaced by Burlington Coat Factory while the Sears space was divided between Pharmhouse and a (freestanding) Price Chopper supermarket. Service Merchandise relocated to this mall in 1995 after closing their location at the Dutchess Mall. It is believed that both stores were open at the same time for a while, with the Dutchess Mall location closing before the company went out of business in 2002.

In the 1990s, South Hills was sold to Sarakreek Holdings NV, a Dutch property holding firm which attempted to revive the mall by opening "big-box" retailers like Media Play, Old Navy, Office Max, Discovery Zone, and Bob's Stores. The success was short-lived; in the long run the alienation of smaller stores by the larger ones only led to a further, greater decline resulting in the closure of all the aforementioned retailers.

By the late 1990s, Sarakreek sold South Hills to the Dagar Group, a locally based retail ownership group. The mall's decline accelerated after this change as many smaller tenants left the mall. Filling those holes have been smaller, independent shops which existed for only a brief time. The Service Merchandise location has been largely vacant, minus several months as an overstock book store. After Phar-Mor, parent of Pharmhouse, folded, the space has played host to two different furniture stores. The closings of Media Play, OfficeMax, and Price Chopper supermarket in 2006 did not bode well for the mall. The Price Chopper location was subsequently replaced by a ShopRite supermarket and has remained successful.

All other smaller stores in the mall had closed by December 31, 2007. Despite all other stores being closed, the interior halls of the South Hills Mall remained open.

For a period of time from January through May 2008, the only remaining sources of income for the mall were the major anchor stores; Silver Cinemas, Kmart, Burlington Coat Factory, ShopRite, and Namco Pools (not to be confused with the Japanese video game company).

In July 2008, construction crews began to demolition of the site, while four of the five remaining tenants remained open. Kmart remained at the south end of the mall, Burlington in the middle and ShopRite at the north end. Kmart retained a section of the South Hills Mall interior walkway, as a way to allow customers who parked behind the property to reach the store. The Namco Pools relocated down the road to a new space in Wappingers Falls, New York.

The space, newly rebranded as the Shoppes and South Hills strip mall, finished construction in 2009, with Christmas Tree Shops and New England-based Bob's Discount Furniture both opening their doors the same year. Pet Goods and Oklahoma-based arts and crafts store Hobby Lobby opened in 2012.

On February 25, 2014, Silver Cinemas screened its last films and closed. It has since reopened under new management, rebranded as Empire Cinemas. In February 2019, Empire Cinemas also closed. 2014 also saw the opening of furniture and home goods retailer Ashley Furniture.

Fitness chain Orangetheory Fitness and frozen yogurt retailer Peachwave both opened locations on the property in 2015.

On April 14, 2016, Sears Holdings, the parents company of both Kmart and Sears, announced it was closing 10 Sears stores and 68 Kmart stores. The Shoppes at South Hills was among those closing. Following a months-long liquidation sale of all merchandise and assets the store had, the Kmart officially closed on July 31, 2016.

History of management

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The Shoppes at South Hills Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from South Hills Mall This article needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources The Shoppes at South Hills news newspapers books scholar JSTOR May 2007 Learn how and when to remove this template message The Shoppes at South Hills formerly South Hills Mall is a shopping mall on U S 9 now converted into a strip mall 1 in the town of Poughkeepsie New York The 675 000 ft plaza opened in 1978 and included two anchors Sears and Kmart at opposite ends of the mall Currently The Shoppes at South Hills are owned and operated by DLC Management Corporation 2 The Shoppes at South HillsLocationPoughkeepsie New York United StatesCoordinates41 37 02 N 73 55 13 W 41 617251 N 73 920326 W 41 617251 73 920326 Coordinates 41 37 02 N 73 55 13 W 41 617251 N 73 920326 W 41 617251 73 920326Opening date1978Closing dateDecember 31 2007 Indoor Mall Still in Operation Strip Mall ManagementDLC Management CorporationOwnerDLC Management CorporationNo of stores and services11No of anchor tenants3Total retail floor area75 000 sq ft 7 000 m2 No of floors1Parking2000 spaces The mall is adjacent to its more successful rival the Poughkeepsie Galleria and the two properties are linked by a series of roads between the two properties These roads pass directly in front of a Lowe s situated on a plot between the Shoppes and the Galleria The Galleria s existence led to the slow decline and eventual closing of South Hills Mall The mall was demolished rebuilt rebranded and reopened in 2008 following the closing of the indoor mall Old South Hills Mall signage remained up for several months after reconstruction completed Contents 1 History 1 1 History of South Hills 1 2 History of management 2 References 3 External linksHistory EditHistory of South Hills Edit South Hills Mall was the first indoor shopping mall in Poughkeepsie and the second in Dutchess County after Dutchess Mall in Fishkill 10 miles south It was constructed at a cost of 110 million Upon opening anchors were Sears and Kmart in addition to dozens of smaller shops and stores including Record World Walden Books NY Piano and Organ Spencer Gifts and Endicott Johnson Shoes The original plan called for Forbes amp Wallace as the other anchor 3 South Hills quickly became the dominant retail center in the Poughkeepsie area leading to the closing of prominent downtown retailer Luckey Platt amp Co in 1981 An eight screen movie theater opened in 1984 in the space previously occupied by Park Place Roller Rink In 1985 an expansion in the center of the mall added a food court which featured a Burger King a sandwich shop and a pizza place as well as a Hess s department store The Technodome which used to be located above the food court In the early 1980s an initial proposal for a two story mall adjacent to South Hills was submitted after several years of protests this proposal became the Poughkeepsie Galleria and opened in 1987 Though the malls co existed successfully for the first several years of the Galleria s existence as the 1990s began South Hills began to suffer The decline largely began in 1991 when Hess s closed their location and Sears moved to the Galleria the Hess s space was replaced by Burlington Coat Factory while the Sears space was divided between Pharmhouse and a freestanding Price Chopper supermarket Service Merchandise relocated to this mall in 1995 after closing their location at the Dutchess Mall It is believed that both stores were open at the same time for a while with the Dutchess Mall location closing before the company went out of business in 2002 In the 1990s South Hills was sold to Sarakreek Holdings NV a Dutch property holding firm which attempted to revive the mall by opening big box retailers like Media Play Old Navy Office Max Discovery Zone and Bob s Stores The success was short lived in the long run the alienation of smaller stores by the larger ones only led to a further greater decline resulting in the closure of all the aforementioned retailers By the late 1990s Sarakreek sold South Hills to the Dagar Group a locally based retail ownership group The mall s decline accelerated after this change as many smaller tenants left the mall Filling those holes have been smaller independent shops which existed for only a brief time The Service Merchandise location has been largely vacant minus several months as an overstock book store After Phar Mor parent of Pharmhouse folded the space has played host to two different furniture stores The closings of Media Play OfficeMax and Price Chopper supermarket in 2006 did not bode well for the mall The Price Chopper location was subsequently replaced by a ShopRite supermarket and has remained successful All other smaller stores in the mall had closed by December 31 2007 Despite all other stores being closed the interior halls of the South Hills Mall remained open For a period of time from January through May 2008 the only remaining sources of income for the mall were the major anchor stores Silver Cinemas Kmart Burlington Coat Factory ShopRite and Namco Pools not to be confused with the Japanese video game company 4 In July 2008 construction crews began to demolition of the site while four of the five remaining tenants remained open Kmart remained at the south end of the mall Burlington in the middle and ShopRite at the north end Kmart retained a section of the South Hills Mall interior walkway as a way to allow customers who parked behind the property to reach the store The Namco Pools relocated down the road to a new space in Wappingers Falls New York The space newly rebranded as the Shoppes and South Hills strip mall finished construction in 2009 with Christmas Tree Shops and New England based Bob s Discount Furniture both opening their doors the same year Pet Goods and Oklahoma based arts and crafts store Hobby Lobby opened in 2012 On February 25 2014 Silver Cinemas screened its last films and closed 5 It has since reopened under new management rebranded as Empire Cinemas In February 2019 Empire Cinemas also closed 6 2014 also saw the opening of furniture and home goods retailer Ashley Furniture Fitness chain Orangetheory Fitness and frozen yogurt retailer Peachwave both opened locations on the property in 2015 On April 14 2016 Sears Holdings the parents company of both Kmart and Sears announced it was closing 10 Sears stores and 68 Kmart stores 7 The Shoppes at South Hills was among those closing Following a months long liquidation sale of all merchandise and assets the store had the Kmart officially closed on July 31 2016 History of management Edit Unknown January 1978 February 1990 Sarakreek Holdings NV March 1990 late 1990s 8 Dagar Group late 1990s October 2005 Vornado Realty Trust November 2005 December 2014 9 DLC Management Corporation January 2015 present References Edit Vornado Realty Trust Retrieved 2008 06 25 Mall at South Hills sold The Poughkeepsie Journal Retrieved 2017 01 26 Friedman Lebhar 1971 Chain Store Age Executive Edition Volume 47 University of Minnesota Lebhar Friedman p 154 via Google Books Best Above Ground Pools and Pool Supplies NamcoPool com www namcopool com Retrieved 2017 01 29 http www poughkeepsiejournal com article 20140226 BUSINESS 140226007 Silver Cinemas closed South Hills http www poughkeepsiejournal com article 20140305 BUSINESS 140305007 See whether your local Sears or Kmart is shutting down Business Insider Retrieved 2017 01 26 Mall at South Hills sold The Poughkeepsie Journal Retrieved 2017 01 26 Dagar Group Archived from the original on November 4 2006 Retrieved 2008 06 25 External links EditDeadMalls com Profile Photos of South Hills Mall KMart amp Burlington Coat Factory To Stay Poughkeepsie Journal The Shoppes at South Hills Site Plan Requiem for a mall Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title The Shoppes at South 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