Macomb County Amazing History Of Lakeside Mall And The Future Plans
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 Mall or Oakland Mall and they did so for years! Holidays like Easter and Christmas had many memories at those malls… 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, Michigan, off M-59 and Schoenherr 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, a glass elevator, and plenty more. Plus, it also had that new mall smell!
When I first went to the mall with friends, we took a bus that left the Macomb Mall from out front. You better not dare to ever miss the last bus, as it would mean you’d be making a call to Mom and Dad that wouldn’t go over well. It was the cool thing to do – go to the mall – a local hangout where you meet all your friends from school and make even more friends from other schools from all over. I loved the record stores -they had like three or four back then, some of which included Harmony House, Music Stop, and more.
One of my fond memories at Lakeside Mall included the midnight movies 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 years… Maybe shopping online was the death of the mall. However, I 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. Until then the mall is still open for business as the city doesn’t expect mall operations to change until late 2024 or early 2025. The plan is to transform the nearly 110-acre mall site at Hall and Schoenherr roads into a development to include residences, dining, retail, parks, a hotel, and office space. Until then we will always have our Macomb County Amazing History Of Lakeside Mall And The Future Plans still to come.