Carbon-izer Presents Waco - Richland Mall
Richland Mall
6001 West Waco Road

Mall directory, summer 2019.

Richland Mall is Waco's main enclosed shopping mall, displacing the older Lake Air Mall as the de facto "mall" in the area. It's not a dead mall (arguably even better than my hometown's Post Oak Mall) but it's a pretty sleepy center, with some odd "dead mall" type stores, for example, it has one of the stores with tacky suits and hats (see "Modern Man" below), a few restaurants instead of a real food court (the Wendy's had closed, but the Chick-fil-A had a steady line, even on a weekday afternoon), and some vacant spots (including a space that had a rotating line of pop-up boutiques).

The mall opened in 1980 as "Richland Fashion Mall" with JCPenney, Dillard's, Wilson's (later Service Merchandise, actually moving out in 1996 to a stand-alone location—that's why it wasn't in the 1998 directory), Bealls, and Sears. In the late 2010s a Dick's Sporting Goods was constructed in a side corridor, and based on construction, seems to have been built (at least the main mall entrance side) underneath the existing mall's ceiling. Dillard's had replaced Service Merchandise with a second Dillard's much like their store at Post Oak Mall, and by 2019, the original Dillard's was Dillard's Women with the Service Merchandise-Dillard's being Mens/Home/Kids. When Sears closed in 2018, Dillard's stepped in to replace it with a new store (Dillard's Womens/Home) and the Service Merchandise-Dillard's housing just Dillard's Mens & Kids. Subsequently, the original Dillard's became Overstock Furniture & Mattress. Bealls closed in 2020 and reopened as Gordmans (before closing for COVID-19 reasons) and by the time it reopened Stage Stores was going out of business. In the early 2020s it was replaced with Tilt Studio, bringing back a Tilt arcade to the mall, which had closed several years earlier.

These pictures were taken in June 2019.

I originally visited this mall in 2006. I saw the Wendy's (didn't go in), visited the Special FX Video Game Exchange store (which had a College Station store for years before it closed...) though I didn't buy anything. I did buy a few strategy guides for older games in 2019 with some store credit from the College Station store, but nothing in 2006. I had a pretzel from Auntie Anne's (the late, great "Glazin' Raisin") and tried a crane game (located in the mall hallway) for the first time, which twice in a row went in the same direction and dove in the same place each time. I always knew those things were rigged.

Somewhere I have a directory from this trip...but this lease plan is from 2024.

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