Dixie Square Mall

Dixie Square Mall

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Dixie Square Mall opened to the public with a wide selection of stores: over 63 shops and department stores. Its success only lasted four years, however, due to the crime that began to plague the Town of Harvey. By 1978 Dixie was down to its last twenty stores. The mall closed in November of 1978 after the departure of J.C. Penney. In 1979 the widely popular Blues Brothers movie used Dixie Mall for its famous indoor mall chase scene. Much of the mall was in poor condition after the filming. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s the mall became a crime magnet. Abundant gang and drug activity has been alleged in and around the mall, even to the present day. In 1993, Raymond Eaves raped three women and killed Denise Shelby in the former J.C. Penney space. He was arrested and is serving a life sentence. In 1995 a huge fire broke out in was used to be the Woolworth Store and nearly destroyed the entire building. In late 2005 fencing was erected and a security team was hired as crews prepared to demolish Dixie Mall. But in 2006, developer J. Dean was arrested and held on a $350,000 bail for gun charges and misappropriation of funds. As a result, work was halted and Dixie Mall still stands in a total state of despair.

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