A mall should contain stores to shop in, not offices to walk past and empty spaces. I used to work in this mall about 20 years ago. I was asked by the mall management what my thoughts were about it. At this time they were going down hill and fast! My first analysis was that they were not addressing the issues that the larger stores were dealing with. They allowed these stores to leave without a fight. Although the economy had a factor in this, they still did nothing to try to keep the good stores in. Later, they became so eager to fill any empty space that they would give it to cheezy dollar stores or any "office" type business. Don't get me wrong, I do like dollar stores and I need a dentist office twice a year, but that is not what I want to go to the mall for.
There is very little shopping to do here and it is sad. I once loved this mall and I would like to see things change. I still come here to go to the movies with the kids but only about 2 to 3 times a year. There is not anything else for me at this mall right now.
I much prefer Sunrise over LaPalmera. I don't like what LaPalmera is becoming. It's overpriced and not fun to visit anymore. It's being made into something you would see in a major city and that's not what Corpus Christi and the surrounding towns are. We use to go there just to ride the carousel. It's a shame they removed it. I buy online if I can't find what I need other places just so I don't have to go there. Sunrise is peaceful and they have a GREAT shoe store. I've NEVER encountered gang problems or children like I do at LaPalmera.
There's nothing I like about Sunrise Mall. It use to be a good mall but now there's nothing left. All you see now are a bunch of gangster kids. I wouldn't take my kids there for nothing. I'd be afraid of getting shot. That's what Corpus has become. Very Sad.
Sunrise Mall is a good living history example of why you should not build 2 large malls within two blocks of each other. Why that was done to begin with is beyond comprehension. In the early days in the 80's the mall was full and prosperous. But with Padre Staples Mall only two blocks away, people did not want to have to go to two malls for their shopping, and Sunrise Mall was the one that lost the battle. They started losing their anchor stores to Padre Staples and then most of the rest of their tenants. And, when you lose your anchor stores and tenants, you don't have the income coming in to keeep the place up, so it falls into dis-repair. If Sunrise Mall was located clear across the city somewhere away from Pardre Staples, then it probably would have worked, but left to where it's at, it's not going to produce enough foot traffic to where stores are going to be willing to move back in. From the few stores that are there, you can sometimes find good bargins for hard to find items.
I recently moved to Corpus Christi and made my first trip to Sunrise Mall. This mall reminds me of "the dirt mall" from the movie Mallrats. It's disgusting. What surprised me the most were the building and mall structure themselves...Sunrise is very pretty and aesthetically pleasing in terms of the design of the mall. It's two story and obviously was, at one point, a nice place to shop. This place, however, is way, way W-A-Y past its prime and should be demolished.
It has all the tell-tale signs of a dead mall: Non-functioning escalators, moldy smell, Air Conditioning that is turned just a tad too warm, dim lights, nearly all the spaces boarded up, and virtually no chain stores. Most of the shops are locally owned independents selling cheap, Chinese-made goods, counterfeit "designer" items, and imitation jewelry at prices that are way too high. Most of the places are cash only and accept no returns. There is no uniform closing time amongst the stores so they all close at different times...be sure to call in advance, as a lot of them close at 5 pm while the mall stays open later. The stores are spread all throughout the mall. You can have long walks with nothing but walls on both sides of you from the stores being closed, so be careful and aware of your surroundings. The lighting is dim in spots. I wish they would have just moved all of the remaining stores to be right next to Sears and just close off the rest of the mall. It's really unsafe feeling walking several hundred feet with no stores...it's eerily quite in here and you can hear footsteps and echos.
They've rented some space out to non-retail businesses and all the anchor stores except Sears are now closed. I don't consider Stein Mart to be an anchor, I'm sorry. It's a converted HEB grocery store with a hallway connecting it to the mall.
The mall is officially non-smoking, but it didn't appear to be enforced. I saw numerous people smoking in the corridors. Never once did I see a security person in the mall, but I did at Sears.
Sears is doing just fine and, as far as I'm concerned, should shut the doors to the mall and isolate themselves. This mall is just so sad to walk through. The employees look worn down, just like the mall. I really felt sorry for them. They just sat there with longing faces looking at me passing by like they were waiting to be freed from imprisonment. It was like walking through a prison. Very depressing and highly disturbing!
I would not bring anyone under 18 to this mall. It's got inadequate security and a lot of shady types. If you are going there, park at the Sears store...DO NOT park in the garage or anywhere but Sears...they own their lot and it's maintained perfectly with security personnel.
My husband and I recently went to the Sunrise Mall just to walk around and check things out. I ended up buying an awesome pair of shoes, my husband got a wonderful back massage, and we had a delicious lunch at Orange Creations!! Best tasting hamburgers we've ever had!! The food was fantastic and the service was great.
the mall is dead! the only good store in there is a rock and roll store. This mall reminds me of the now closed Regency Mall near me. That is ok tho-I can walk to the other mall while in Corpus-the other mall is like a block up the road!
We found a unique mix of retail stores and services here. There is a new furniure store, Sears, SteinMart, & Burlington Coat Factory. We also found a comedy club and a $ movie theater. The people in the shops are friendly and there seems to be ample security inside the mall. The mall people seem to be working to bring in new individual stores and leaving out the big national stores. A good place to find stuff you can't find any where else.
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