mall and department store photography bordering on the obsessive.
It's great to see Belk design locations that look less like big box buildings and more like conventional department stores. With this store the fascade could use more depth and higher quality material usage, while those windows would seem less "painted on" if they were used as showcases. Awnings would also be a nice touch.
I went there for the first time about a month ago. It was pretty cool.
nitek: I think it's the angle of the photo. From further out, it looks a little slab-sided, and the interior was nothing to write home about. Still, it is an evolution.Billy: The mall is pretty nice. I had a lot of fun there the day I visited.
Let's not kid ourselves, it's still Belk. Sorta nice on the outside, but Kohls with a Polo Department on the inside on the inside.
This is not one of Belk's better stores. I was unimpressed with it overall. The interior had no character, and the exterior was abstracted and somewhat cartoonish. But Belk is more than Kohl's with a Polo department. This store carries a lot of nice things and the larger market stores tend to be impressive.
Does Belk have many instances of B and C level stores within close proximity of each other?
Yes, there tends to be a mix of A, B and C level Belks in a typical metro market. It depends on the neighborhood. C level Belks are in small towns, B levels are in regional malls, and A level and flagship stores are opened wherever possible.
The Triangle's a good example: There are small, one-story stores in Raleigh's suburbs, plus an old-fashioned downtown store in Fuquay-Varina (two floors), there's the regular mall stores at Triangle Town and Southpoint, and then there's Crabtree. The three-story flagship, plus the separate Men's store. A good mixture of different levels of stores.
Thanks for the information. The Triangle is a typical Belk market, to be sure.
Steven,The Belk's at Charlotte's South Park Mall is the largest department store in North Carolina.The Belk's at Raleigh's Crabtree Valley Mall and Greensboro's Four Seasons Mall comes in a close second and third.The one-story store located in Garner Station is very small,plus there used to be an old-fashioned downtown store in Fuquay-Varina that closed in 2009 that had two floors plus a bargain basement center. The Garner store replaced the one at both Fuquay Varina and the one that was located in Downtown Raleigh that closed in the mid-1990's.The Belk's at the Streets of Southpoint opened in 2002. That Belk replaced both the South Square Mall store that closed in early-2001,and also the University Mall store in Chapel Hill that closed that same year in mid-2001. It also replaced the Belk's at Durham's Northgate Mall that closed in 2004.