South Hills Mall
South Hills Mall was an indoor shopping mall on U.S. 9 in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York. The 62,700 m² plaza opened in 1974 and included four stores, a small food court, and an eight-screen second-run cinema. South Hills Mall is owned and operated by Vornado Realty Trust, which purchased the mall from the locally-based Dagar Group in October 2005. The mall is adjacent to its significantly more successful rival, the Poughkeepsie Galleria, and the two are linked by interior roads. The Galleria's existence has led to the slow decline of South Hills. Presently, the space, now known as The Shoppes at South Hills, is being constructed as a strip mall. Tenants, some recently opened, include K-Mart, Silver Screen Cinemas, Burlington Coat Factory, Shop Rite (2006), Christmas Tree Shoppes (2009), and New England-based Bob's Discount Furniture (2009).

History
South Hills Mall was the first true indoor shopping mall in Poughkeepsie and the second in Dutchess County (after Dutchess Mall in Fishkill, 15 kilometers south). Upon opening, anchors were Sears and KMart in addition to smaller shops. South Hills quickly became the dominant retail center in the Poughkeepsie area, leading to the closing of prominent downtown retailer Luckey Platt & Co. in 1981. A later expansion added Hess's and a food court. In the early 1980s, an initial proposal for a two-story mall adjacent to South Hills was submitted; after several years of protests, this proposal became the Poughkeepsie Galleria and opened in 1987. Though the malls co-existed successfully for the first several years of the Galleria's existence, as the 1990s began South Hills began to suffer. The decline largely began in 1991 when Hess's closed their location and Sears moved to the Galleria; the Hess's space was replaced by Burlington Coat Factory while the Sears space was divided between Pharmhouse and a (freestanding) Price Chopper supermarket. Service Merchandise relocated to this mall in 1995 after closing the location at the Dutchess Mall. In the 1990s, South Hills was sold to Sarakreek Holdings NV, a Dutch property holding firm which attempted to revive the mall by opening "big-box" retailers like Media Play, Old Navy, Office Max, Discovery Zone, and Bob's Stores. The success was short-lived; in the long run the alienation of smaller stores by the larger ones only led to a further, greater decline resulting in the closure of all the aforementioned retailers. By the late 1990s, Sarakreek sold South Hills to the Dagar Group, a locally based retail ownership group. The mall's decline accelerated after this change as many smaller tenants left the mall. Filling those holes have been smaller, independent shops which existed for only a brief time. The Service Merchandise location has been largely vacant, minus several months as an overstock book store. After Phar-Mor, parent of Pharmhouse, folded, the space has played host to two different furniture stores. The closings of Media Play, OfficeMax, and Price Chopper supermarket in 2006 did not bode well for the mall. The Price Chopper location was subsequently replaced by a ShopRite supermarket and has remained successful. For a time in 2007 to 2008, the few remaining sources of income for the mall was the Silver Cinemas (a discount movie theater), and K-Mart. By May 2008, the mall was almost fully empty, with the exception of Silver Cinemas, K-Mart, Burlington Coat Factory ShopRite and Namco(not to be mistaken for the Japaneses Video Game company) . The shopping center's interior halls were still open and accessible to the public, though all other stores were closed on December 31, 2007. Other stores that were still around before the closing were Gamestop and The Avenue In July 2008, construction crews had begun demolition of the site, while the four major tenants remain open. As Of October 2009, the mall's new exterior is almost done and a Hobby Lobby store has opened next to K-mart.

Present and future
Rumors and ideas to save the mall remain popular topics of discussion. Among these plans include most of the space being converted into a WalMart Supercenter, another has a realignment in which half of the mall is replaced with a Costco while the more successful stores are relocated into the other half. Currently, the mall's structure (hallways) has been gutted and remains under construction, while KMart, Silver Cinemas, Shop Rite, and Burlington Coat Factory remain open. A freshly paved parking lot and the success of Christmas Tree Shops, Hobby Lobby, and Bob's Discount Furniture suggest future success for the shopping center.