Century III Mall In West Mifflin Slides Into Retail Abyss

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Jay Natale had a good year in 1979.

The Steelers won the Super Bowl. The Pirates won the World Series. And Natale opened a sporting goods store in the new Century III Mall in West Mifflin.

“The first year was unbelievable,” Natale, 70, of Elizabeth said, recalling a mobbed grand opening at the mall. “We hit the jackpot on that one.”

The jackpot lasted for nearly 20 years.

Since then, the mall has spiraled downward, losing customers, retailers and property value, which drained hundreds of thousands of dollars in property taxes from West Mifflin and its school district.

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2 comments on “Century III Mall In West Mifflin Slides Into Retail Abyss

  1. I live very close to Century Three Mall. It is a very sad sight everytime I drive by there. The main problem,I believe is that after a while the mall owners didn’t care about the property. There was also a drop in the job market in our area.The steel mills closed and nothing was broght in to replace all those lost jobs.
    The mall also have competition from South Hills Village,about 15 minutes away.
    The owners didn’t want to keep up with that competition.This mall was great for the area in the beginning.It’s sad that the owners let it go downhill like it did.

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