Skagit County, WA- The Cascade Mall in Burlington has announced that they are closing their doors for good at the end of the month, but there is an odd catch. According to an emailed press release from the Cascade Mall, “With the closure of anchor department stores including JC Penney, Sears and Macys, and the added financial impact of COVID-19 on tenants as well as ownership, Cascade Mall will permanently close on June 30, 2020. (However), Exterior facing tenants AMC Theater, TJ Maxx, Chuck E. Cheese’s, Furniture World, Cascade Chapel, Heritage Portable Buildings and Applebee’s will be able to remain open and continue to operate when local health and safety measures allow. As we continue to look to the future, we are considering all options and hoping to reimagine the property in a way that best meets the needs of the community.” In a follow up email, we requested additional information about when the “Exterior facing tenants,” will close their doors for good and we were told that those tenants will be allowed to remain open past the June 30th, 2020 closing date. So, the entire mall isn’t really closing on June 30th, just the interior tenants. Eventually there may be additional changes, but for now, the exterior tenants will remain open for an undetermined amount of time.
According to the Cascade Mall website the following businesses will be closing or relocating elsewhere: American Eagle Outfitters, Spencer’s, Victoria Secret, Journey’s, Bali Foot Spa & Massage, Bath and Body Works, GNC Live Well, Great Clips, Nails for You, Sassy Nails, Super Brow Threading, Laura’s Alterations & Tailor Express, Paris Miki Optical-Lens Lab, T-Mobile, Claire’s, Kalahi (Martial Arts) Academy and Blvd Fitness. The Target shopping center will remain open. There was no mention in the press release as to the future of Red Robin, the Bank or Popeye’s Chicken in the same parking lot.
Nails for you owner, Kim, has posted several emotional live-stream videos on Facebook about not being allowed to open her business back up. You can view them by clicking here.
We contacted the City of Burlington Building Department and they have not received any permit applications or had any discussions with the Cascade Mall Property owners regarding any future potential construction.
According to the Cascade Mall Wikipedia page, The Cascade Mall was originally built in 1989 by the Winmar Company. It opened in November of 1990 with the original anchor stores being J.C. Penney, The Bon Marche’, Troutman’s Emporium and Sears. Winmar also built an adjacent strip mall called Cross Court, which is home to Target and many smaller businesses. The Emporium Store later became a second Bon Marche’ before both Bon Marche’ stores were re-branded as Macy’s stores.
In 2012, mall management removed the Food Court and replaced it with a TJ Maxx store.
On October 16th, 2014, it was announced that Sears would be closing in January of 2015.
On September 23rd, 2016 the Cascade Mall was the scene of a mass shooting incident. Around 7:00 p.m., Arcan Cetin, a 20-year old from Oak Harbor, Washington opened fire in the Macy’s Store inside the Cascade Mall. He killed five people, including 16-year old Sarai Lara a sophomore at Mount Vernon High School, 61-year old Chuck Eagan of Lake Stevens, 64-year old Belinda Galde of Snohomish County, her 95-year old mother, Beatrice Dotson and 52-year old Shayla Martin, a long-time make-up artist working for Macy’s.
In 2017, the Cascade mall was sold to Merlone Geier Partners, a California based real estate investment firm. They bought the Cascade Mall, as part of a two-mall deal with the Macerich Company as part of a $170 million dollar deal.
On February 16th, 2018, JCPenny announced they would be closing as part of a plan to close eight stores nationwide. JCPenny closed their doors for good in May of 2018.
On January 7th, 2020, Macy’s announced they would be closing both locations as part of a larger plan to close 15 stores nationwide. A final blow out liquidation was held on March 17th, 2020 and Macy’s sold nearly everything remaining in the store for $2.00 each and closed their doors for good.
On June 9th, 2020, Cascade Mall announced they would be closing their doors for good on June 30th, 2020, except for exterior facing businesses.