Farewell Lakeside Mall – Screamin’ Scott
The Year was 1976 when America was celebrating its bi-centennial. News around the neighborhood was that the greatest mall ever was finished. Back then, my pals in the area went to the Macomb or Oakland Mall for years. Holidays like Easter and Christmas had many memories. Then, a new concept of an even greater mall with all your favorite stores all in one place was built.
Lakeside Mall was in Sterling Heights off M-59 and Hall road. The mall had two levels and a movie theater. An ice rink was also there that later became a hydro-tube water slide. There was a food court and glass elevator and more. It had that new mall smell.
When I first went to the mall with friends, we took a bus that left Macomb Mall out front. You did not ever miss the last bus, as it would mean a call to mom & dad that wouldn’t go over well. It was the cool thing to do to go to the mall- a local hangout where you meet all your friends from school and other schools from all over. I loved the record stores -they had like three or four back then, including Harmony House, Music Stop, and more.
Another fond memory was Lakeside had midnight movies to go to, where I was introduced to the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Right now, the mall is pretty much a ghost town and sad after so many memories. Maybe shopping online was the death of the mall. Can’t wait to see what they will do next. According to reports, the development plan for the land that Lakeside Mall sits on will be filled with new businesses and more. The majority of Lakeside Mall will be demolished in the process.