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Moving on to today’s topic, I’ll warn you up front, this is NO HIDDEN GEM, this is not a mall that has been open for years, and is now slowly finally dying off. This is a failed experiment and meets the bare minimum of what I could consider a mall, although it does fit the category better than the glassed in sidewalks in Weingarten’s “Malls”, and still proves to be an interesting story, so let’s get started! This building, at 445 Murphy Rd, Stafford, TX 77477 was originally constructed in 1978 as a Kmart. The store was one of only two Kmart locations in Fort Bend County, prior to the completion of U.S. 59, Murphy Road FM 1092 was provided a main route with access to Highway 6. By the 1990s, the store was in relatively decent shape, but limited in size by adjacent stores that had been built. This meant when Kmart began to push their Big Kmart conversion program, they decided to close this store instead, with it dropping off listings by 1995.
Beyond the store being older, and smaller, another big issue was a shift in traffic in the area. With 59 being completed past U.S. 90-A not as many people used 1092 as a “main drag”, and while it was still a popular shopping destination after Kmart moved out, no other major tenant would permanently occupy this space. In the early 2000s, plans were drawn up to subdivide the building with some portions to be directly rented to tenants, and others to be used as a flea market style space. I’m not sure exactly how “The Mall” was born, but I think it came to light around the same time. The