About 15 years ago or so, a newer mall was built in the nearby city of Roseville, perhaps 20 minutes away. At around the same time, the owners of Sunrise performed a $10 million upgrade and modernization. Sunrise had seen better days, and the upgrade was seen as a way to keep shoppers there instead of at the new mall. And little Citrus Heights had plans for a Walmart, Costco, and Sam's Club, all of which would compete with Sunrise.
But if that new mall wasn't the death knell for Sunrise, it certainly constituted a few of the early chimes.
When I was in high school, Sunrise was where you went. It was a hangout, it was air conditioned (no small thing in the Sacramento Valley in the summer), it had Farrell's for ice cream, it had a movie theater. It was a major transfer point for Regional Transit buses.
Today, not so much. It still has air conditioning, and the theater is still there--I think the seats are the same ones I sat in over 35 years ago. Of the 4 large department stores in the mall, two are Macy's, one is JC Penney, and one is a soon-to-be-closed 3-level Sears:
click to enlarge so you can get a better view of the situation
Yes, I went on a Monday afternoon, but this is just sad:
You know what else is a sign? This:
I've got to believe Sunrise's days are numbered. But what can you do with an empty mall?
There's always talk of building a university of some open land not too far from that new mall. Could a shopping mall not be repurposed into an indoor university? At least it's a thought. I'm just trying to think outside of the box, because it seems to me that Sunrise Mall will soon be a new addition to this web site.