The party is over at Great Northern Mall of Syracuse. They are officially closing its doors.

UPDATE AS OF 11/1/2022

Central New York developer Guy Hart Jr., who signed a contract to buy the mall, said as of Monday to CNY Central that current owner Mike Kohan is no longer demanding the tenants leave.

Hart says he's working with Kohan to create some flexibility around when tenants have to leave."

We will keep you updated with more.


According to CNY Central, on Thursday October 27th, a letter was sent out to tenants by the mall manager saying that Great Northern Mall will permanently close its doors on November 20th, 2022. Spectrum reports that at least 12 leases at the Clay mall will be terminated:

According to the group, all tenants must vacate the property by Sunday, November 20. Some of the remaining retailers include the Shoe Department, Bath and Body Works and Old Navy.

Great Northern is expected to be developed into a pedestrian-friendly lifestyle center with high-end retail and grocery stores, a movie theater, and other amenities under new leadership. That leadership is Hart Lyman Company:

Hart did say the plan is to demolish the mall entirely and rebuild from scratch and he hopes to be of help to those losing their businesses."

Great Northern Mall first opened in 1988. A lot of major businesses starting closing up shop in 2015, and in 2020 a lot of businesses ended up closing. When the mall originally opened in 1988, there would be around 91 smaller stores and restaurants ready for opening day. reports some of those stores included national chain stores like Record Town, Radio Shack, Waldenbooks, Kay-Bee Toys and Claire's Boutique.

Great Northern would be the first suburban mall to have a food court, with enough seating for 400 people. McDonalds, Taco Bell, Friendly's and Plainville Turkey, as well as a Sega Time-Out arcade, were some of its highlights."

You can read more of the history online here.

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