Who remembers Caldor Middlesex Mall?

Or, as a friend and I call it, “The Caldor Mall”. This is an old joke, since there have been at least three other stores in that spot since then, and more years than I care to count.

Seriously – anyone else have fond memories of shopping at Caldor in the Middlesex Mall, or other local Caldors? It’s not as big a local name as Lechmere’s, perhaps, but the colorful logo was still a big sign in the region back when.

I’ve seen the variety of deadmalls.com and similar mall memories web boards talking vaugely about it, but very little actual data so far in Google. Seriously: there isn’t a picture anywhere on the web of that particular Caldor? Someone’s gotta have scanned in some old newspaper article about it or something! I’m surprised that some geek has actually setup a cheap mirror of the old caldor.com website(which I don’t remember), before it went under about a decade ago. The Wayback Machine also has some archived web pages, showing the caldor.com domain going from the real thing, through a couple of domain squatters, and then to nothing in recent years.

I was thinking of this as I’m making plans to have dinner with friends at one of the newest big retailers nearby, H Mart. You see, the only way I could explain how to get to H Mart was to say it was behind the Caldor Mall. Luckily, the person I was emailing that too actually understood me.

Ah, H Mart, I’m already excited to see your oodles of Korean and Asian groceries and food court – as evidenced by both local media coverage, and my friend @BigHeadDennis (Famed for assisting with an ocean rescue with his cell phone) who I think has mentioned at least three trips there already. Yum.

So – anyone have pictures of the Caldor at Middlesex Mall?

3 thoughts on “Who remembers Caldor Middlesex Mall?

  1. Was this the store at Middlesex Mall in the mid 70's that had pay toilets?

    If so, then I have memories of it as a five year old.

    Not necessarily FOND memories, but memories nonetheless.

  2. Key points about tonight's visit:
    – Old friends are good to catch up with
    – The food court at H Mart isn't cheap
    – The H Mart bakery has buy-one-get-one during the last little while of the shopping day
    – H Mart closes at 9pm! (Some superstore – ha!)
    – At closing time, you can often score free bakery items if you hang out at just the right time
    – Everyone who went remembered the Caldor there

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