See What the Dort Mall in Flint Looks Like Today. Empty [PHOTOS]
The Dort Mall in Flint is looking pretty empty and almost abandoned nowadays.
Travelers driving along Dort Highway in Flint, Michigan have more than likely seen the Dort Mall. Today, unfortunately, it is starting to look like many other malls across that country...empty.
The Dort Mall is actually the oldest mall in Genesee County. The mall itself was built in two stages between 1964 and 1965. As the first enclosed shopping mall in Flint, the building itself was placed on top of a former drive-in movie theater.
The Dort Mall actually has a pretty cool history as well. When it first opened, some of the original stores included Yankee Stadium, a Flint-based discount department store, and an A&P location. The mall also contained a movie theater from 1968 until 1983. It was also home to a discotheque in the 1970s, which was located in the basement.
The mall itself was also named Small Mall and Mid-America Plaza during the 1980s. Also in the 80s, the mall was home to a Sears Outlet and a comedy club. The Dort Mall was also known for some time for its extensive antique collection throughout the halls, most of which was sold off at auction in 2009.
Today, the 239,000-square-foot mall sits relatively empty, however, a little life can still be found inside. The three biggest stores that remain include Perani's Hockey World, Bargain Hunterz, and Paradise Express. A boxing gym and ring, dance studio, and a few other stores are also open on select days of the week.