RIP, Palm Springs Mall

The site of the former Palm Springs Mall is set to become the western campus of College of the Desert and, damn, guess it’s gonna be an all new structure.

Cactus Hugs reader Dean sent in the following photos he took this week of what used to be most of the mall and, as you can see, there’s not much left outside of what used to be Gottschalks.

Now don’t worry, we are told the Jack in the Box is still there, so feel free to grab your Munchie Meal at 1 am.

The mall originally opened in 1970 and has housed a True Value, Ross, K-Mart, and JC Penny at various times, according to Mall History.

College of the Desert bought the property in 2018. The college plans to establish a Center for Digital Media Education in campus is completed for both K-12 and college students that will teach video storytelling (because, clearly, blogging is for the birds).

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1 COMMENT

  1. The Palm Springs Mall was the kind of place where, no matter who you were — no matter what race, religion, sexual orientation, age or gender — you felt like you were going to get raped and murdered. Especially there at the end, when it was just Radio Shack.

    Yet even empty and derelict and smelling of urine, it was still more fun than El Paseo.

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