History of The Demolished Valley View Mall and the New Planned Development

Valley View Mall, once a thriving shopping destination, opened its doors in 1973. Over the years, it hosted major anchor stores like Bloomingdale’s, JC Penney, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Sears. The mall saw its peak in the 80s but began to decline in the 90s, marked by the closure of Bloomingdale’s. Changing demographics further accelerated its downturn.

Valley View Mall road sign
A street sign pointing towards the demolished, historic Valley View Mall.

In 2012, Beck Ventures acquired the property, and demolition began in 2016. The AMC Theater, which continued to operate amid the demolition, has now also been demolished. Beck Ventures planned to transform the site into the Dallas Midtown Mixed-Use Neighborhood, featuring office spaces, upscale residences, and retail areas.

What's left of Valley View Mall
Signage for the upcoming Dallas Midtown project, marking the future transformation of the former Valley View Mall site into a bustling mixed-use neighborhood.

The redevelopment project, estimated to cost around $2 billion, aimed to create a vibrant community with parks, luxury hotels, restaurants, and bike trails. Despite initial plans to start construction in 2021, the project has faced delays. As of 2024, the long-awaited development has yet to begin, keeping the community in anticipation of what the future holds for this historic site.

Sears Before Valley View Mall
This 1968 aerial image shows the newly developed area with only a Sears store, built in 1965. Interstate 635 had just been completed a few years earlier.
Valley View Mall in 1979 in Dallas Texas
By 1979, Valley View Mall had officially opened, adding many stores including a Sanger-Harris department store.
Valley View Mall in 2003
In 2003, the mall remained active and bustling, as seen in this aerial view.
Valley View Mall in 2020
In this 2021 image, only the AMC Theater remained while the rest of the mall has been demolished. The theater was also eventually demolished.


Last Updated on June 4, 2024 by F. E. Mufute

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