Plaza Central (Texas)

Plaza Central
Location Arlington, Texas in Tarrant County
Coordinates 32°44′30″N 97°03′27″W / 32.741779°N 97.057616°W / 32.741779; -97.057616Coordinates: 32°44′30″N 97°03′27″W / 32.741779°N 97.057616°W / 32.741779; -97.057616
Address 2915 E Division St
Opening date 1970[1]
Owner G.L. "Buck" Harris[1]
No. of stores and services 40 [1]
No. of anchor tenants 0 (space for 4)
Total retail floor area 1,049,000 square feet (97,500 m2)[2]
No. of floors 1

Plaza Central opened in 1970 (as "Six Flags Mall") at 2831 East Division Street (SH 180) and SH 360 in Arlington, Texas, between Fort Worth and Dallas. Arlington's first enclosed shopping center, it was named after the nearby Six Flags Over Texas theme park. A new owner acquired roughly one-third of the mall in December 2012 and announced plans to redevelop it as a Hispanic-oriented shopping mall called "Plaza Central" and, after resolving legal issues, re-opened in October 2014, but closed again in February 2016. It is currently surrounded by construction fencing in preparation for demolition.


Opened in 1970, Six Flags Mall flourished through the 1980s until The Parks at Arlington, a new regional mall, opened in South Arlington in 1988. The mall struggled into the 1990s and the JC Penney anchor store closed in 1997.[3][4]


Both Dillard's and Sears closed in 2002.[3][4] Foley's (originally a Sanger-Harris location), the fourth and final anchor, closed in January 2005 but the Dillard's anchor reopened as Dillard's Clearance Center in March 2005 after the closure of Forum 303 Mall.[5][6][7][8] The mall's location in an industrial park and nearby strip clubs (now mostly gone) also contributed to its demise.

By 2008 when the mall fell into foreclosure, only a dozen stores remained in the mall's interior. When the property was placed up for auction in December 2011, the only remaining stores were the Dillard's Clearance Center and a Cinemark movie theater which showed first-run movies at bargain rates.[9] As of January 2012, American Motorcycle Trading Co. continues to operate on one of the mall's out-lots.

End of the Mall

In early December 2012, private investor G.L. "Buck" Harris purchased the former JC Penney anchor store and announced plans to redevelop it into a Hispanic-oriented shopping center named Plaza Central.[10] He revealed plans to bring new tenants into the mall and return it to profitability over the following two years then donate the property to Youth With A Mission, a Christian outreach organization.[1] However, the project was put on hold due to zoning issues with the City of Arlington; Harris has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the city.[11] On September 20, 2013 The Arlington Planning and Zoning Commission approved plans to overhaul 22.5 acre property.[12] The mall re-opened as Plaza Central in October 2014 but closed in a year and a half. Demolition began in 2016 as most of the shopping mall was slated for removal.




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  1. 1 2 3 4 Carlisle, Candace (December 5, 2012). "Investor buys Six Flags Mall, saying 'God led me' to the property". Dallas Business Journal. Dallas, TX. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  2. "Directory of Major Malls". International Council of Shopping Centers. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved February 24, 2008.
  3. 1 2 McLinden, Steve (January 25, 2002). "Sears Exits Arlington, Texas, Mall". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  4. 1 2 Halkias, Maria (June 1, 2002). "Dillard's Plans to Close Anchor Store in Dallas Shopping Mall". The Dallas Morning News.
  5. Quinn, Steve (December 3, 2004). "Arlington, Texas, mall losing its last anchor store". The Dallas Morning News.
  6. "Six Flags Mall; Arlington, Texas". Labelscar. December 29, 2006.
  7. White, Bobby (March 1, 2005). "Dillard's discount store moving". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  8. "Mall on the rebound, Festival Marketplace's demise provides an unexpected boost to Six Flags Mall". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. July 2, 2005. p. C1.
  9. Baker, Sandra (November 23, 2011). "Six Flags Mall in Arlington to be sold at auction Dec. 10". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  10. 1 2 Shlachter, Barry (December 5, 2012). "Portion of old Six Flags Mall bought". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Fort Worth, TX. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
  12. Baker, Sandra (September 20, 2013). "Arlington gives OK on replatting at Six Flags Mall". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  13. 1 2 "Six Flags Mall hoping to land new anchors". Dallas Business Journal. July 27, 2004. Retrieved February 24, 2008.
  14. Jordan, Jaime S. (March 1, 2005). "Dillard's moving to Six Flags Mall". Dallas Business Journal. Retrieved February 24, 2008.
  15. "Foley's closing Six Flags Mall location". Dallas Business Journal. December 2, 2004. Retrieved February 24, 2008.
  16. "Everest College Locations Page". Retrieved 19 March 2014.
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