Demolition began for the primary structure in early 2008. Smith told a reporter that he got the idea for the mall when he was driving down University Avenue in the 1950s, when it was known as Hayes Street.
Prior to this, associated buildings were razed beginning in December 2007, starting with the former Montgomery Ward auto center, as well as the former JCPenney auto center, which had been used several years as an automotive maintenance facility for the City of Little Rock. He felt that it was a good buy and called John Cella and told him it would be a good investment for them.
This car comes to us without the front bumpers attached.
Interior Black leather abounds with the buckets sitting proudly and in near showroom condition.
Throughout the 1990s, the mall steadily declined as retailers and customers left. According to newspapers from the time stockholders of the former corporation became the owners of the mall property.
Due to the waning popularity and litigation involving the deterioration of the building, the mall was sold in 2007 to Strode Property Company, and the remaining few tenants were told to vacate. George Cella and Bill Patton, children of the original corporation owners, were mentioned in the later litigation regarding the property that led to its closure and sale in 2007.
Undercarriage As expected, nothing of notability, just normal wear and tear, but it is really at a minimum.
4-wheel power disc brakes are seen, and all else is structurally sound.
University Mall is a defunct shopping center in central Arkansas which operated for approximately 40 years, from 1967 until 2007.
When it closed, University Mall was the oldest enclosed shopping center in the Little Rock metropolitan area.