The Fountain and Glass Elevator

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 people went to the Macomb or Oakland Mall. Holidays like Easter and Christmas have many memories. Then, a new concept of an even greater mall with all your favorite stores all in one place was built. Lakeside Mall

The Greatest Mall Ever


Entrance to Lakeside Mall

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 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 and 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.

Lakeside Movie Memories

 Rocky Horror

The Midnight Showings of the Movie Rocky Horror Picture Show

Another fond memory were the midnight movies. Like 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 new businesses and more.is Mall

Lakeside Future Plans

Construction workers working on construction site

Future Of Lakeside Development

The 1 billion dollar plan for Lakeside Town Center was in jeopardy. City Council members announced they planned to vote against the measure. In the end the plan’s approval on a 4-3 vote. Located on 110 acres at Hall and Schoenherr roads, the mall is owned by Out of the Box Ventures. A Miami-based real estate development and capital investment firm Lionheart plans to demolish much of the existing mall and create a beautiful new Town Center, new offices, apartments, retail space, a 120-room hotel with an attached parking deck, restaurants, recreational amenities, and more along M-59. Sterling Heights officials are expected to ask for a $45 million, 25-year bond to fund the public spaces in the development, land that would be deeded back to the city. Follow the development project by clicking this link.

Still Happening Now At Lakeside 


Lots of beautiful cars

If you are a classic car buff you will love the Lakeside Fun Time Cruisers 

Join them every Monday night for a Cruise-In from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the Food Court Parking Lot.

  • Door prizes every hour
  • Weekly photo shoots
  • Weekly award plaques
  • 150+ cars every week
  • Friendly Cruisers
  • 50/50 Charity Raffle

Located at the Lakeside Mall Food Court on the south side of M-59/Hall Road & east off Schoenherr in Sterling Heights, Michigan

Call 586-260-3459 for info or visit the website at https://funtimecruzers.com/

Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been a part of the Detroit airwaves for over 29 years with 26 at WRIF and 3 years as a morning show host at Z-Rock. When he’s not out on the streets, you can find him in his game room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also devotes time doing local charities with his, "Screamin Angels"; and for 15 years with Rock 4 Tots charity. “CHIT” is his local cover band for 10 years all over the Motor City in local bars and has graced the main stage at local festivals like Arts, Beats & Eats warming up for national acts like Cheap Trick, Guess Who & even Salt & Peppa. Screamin’ is the lead singer and also plays cowbell & lead triangle

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