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White Plains Galleria to close permanently on March 31

There are only three businesses currently open at the mall: a LensCrafters, a dental and foot care office, and a hobby shop/toy store.

News 12 Staff

Mar 22, 2023, 10:16 PM

Updated 453 days ago

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The White Plains Galleria will permanently close its doors on March 31.
The Galleria was once a bustling mall filled with people, but now most of the its stores are shuttered.
Geoffrey Thompson is a former journalist who was there when the Galleria opened in 1980.
“When this opened, it was a very big deal. It changed White Plains for the better,” he says. “People came in from New York City to see it, it was a very big deal. It was not only big, it was very glamorous. It was beautiful when it opened.”
There are only three businesses currently open at the mall: a LensCrafters, a dental and foot care office, and a hobby shop/toy store.
Resident Leo Ovalles says once the Galleria closes, it’s going to leave a hole in the community.
“There are so many memories there…I just feel like a whole big chunk of White Plains is going to be taken out,’ he says.
Thompson adds that the mall was a staple for many young people a few years ago.
“It’s a very nostalgic thing for a lot of people. People went on their first dates here, coming to shop here as a young teen. It played a role in a lot of people's lives,” he says.
It’s not yet clear what will replace the Galleria.


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