AIB the other "Things you always find ..." threads. I'm thinking about malls with pretty good occupancy, but which have seen better days; not necessarily malls on the verge of closing their doors, but those where you have doubt about their future. A few to start off this thread:
- Head shops, or hippie-themed boutiques if they're not selling actual drug paraphenalia.
- Independent dollar stores.
- Business signs consisting of basic cutout letters with no illumination, box signs, or worse ... painted plywood signs.
- Locally-owned niche "Scotch Tape stores": La Tienda Quincenaria, hearing aid stores, ethnic art stores, religious book stores, and so on.
- Anchor stores that, despite several changes of ownership, haven't been remodeled since the 1970s. You'd expect to hear paging bells in them, they look so old.
- Junior anchors that have been converted to a non-mall-type use; e.g. batting cages, indoor mini-amusement park, auto sales, kountry krafty konsignment booth sales.
- The Finish Line. They're loyal to the end; often the last tenant to depart a dead mall.
- A really, really good old-school Sears. 1960s and 1970s-era Sears mall stores are much larger than those that opened in malls in later years, save for the superregionals. They'll still be out of your size of whatever article of clothing you're looking for, but the tool and appliance departments will be unsurpassed. Odds are good the store will still contain some "Sears Roebuck and Co." signage.