Eastland mall cuts hours

The ice rink is now closed at Eastland Mall.

The ice rink is now closed at Eastland Mall.

The saga of Eastland Mall continues. Today, it was announced operating hours were being cut for the interior section owned by Glimcher Realty Trust. The venerable white box mall will be open from 11 am to 7 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays. The interior stores will be closed Sundays. The three anchor stores, Dillard’s, Sears and Burlington Coat Factory will not be affected and will keep current hours.

In yesterday’s Mint Hill Times, we reported Dillard’s had already closed. The store was supposed to close this month, but officials decided to postpone the closing for one more month.

Watch a video of Eastland Mall in 1979 from YouTube.

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Friday at the historical society

Bob Rowland measures and cuts wood for the new public restroom at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village. Rowland and Dave Reed (not pictured) spent Friday afternoon at the village putting some finishing touches on the project. Rowland said the restroom, which the historical society needs to host field trips, should be finished in early September. PHOTO BY ADAM HOUSTON

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Meck mayors support bond

WFAE reports Mint Hill, Matthews, and Pineville mayors are urging support for the November bond. Green space is the issue, according to Matthews mayor Lee Myers. The money from the bond will help towns preserve land for parks, ball fields and natural areas.

Mint Hill has mucho green space, but keeping it is another story. Mecklenburg County has two pieces of land for planned parks in or close to Mint Hill. One is the Ezell Farm property located at the corner of Matthews-Mint Hill Road and Mintwood Drive. The other is a planned natural area near I-485.

To the left, Mecklenburg County’s Greenway Master Plan. Above, a close up of how this plan will affect Mint Hill.

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Memories of Eastland Mall?

I’m working on a story about the future of Eastland Mall. But you can’t look at the future without looking at the past. Feel free to e-mail adam@minthilltimes.com if you have any memories of working at the mall, shopping during the holiday season, or repeatedly falling on Eastland’s famous ice rink.

The story will be published August 7 in The Mint Hill Times, and your comments could be included.

-Adam Houston, Reporter

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