The Rise and Decline of Gateway Mall

July 9, 2017

As more modern facilities are developed across the country, many mid-20th century enclosed shopping malls are in a state of decline due to retailers abandoning these properties for new development. Many of these “dead malls” fail to attract new business and often sit unused for many years until restoration or demolition. Gateway Town Center is a local retail landmark and Jacksonville’s best example of a dead mall still in search for a magical rebirth.

Photos: Gateway Town Center in 2017

Article by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at

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