PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix mall that was once considered a perennial teen hangout and featured in the movie “Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure” is closing.
The owners of Metrocenter Mall announced that the north Phoenix shopping complex is shuttering after 47 years mainly due to the ongoing pandemic.
The mall's last day of operation will be June 30. But tenants have till July 15 to clear out.
Metrocenter was facing declining foot traffic before the coronavirus pandemic began. Several storefronts were already vacant.
The mall closed in mid-March under a statewide shutdown and reopened May 9. But it never recovered, according to mall managers.
Constructed in 1973, the mall was a popular hub over the years that included a movie theater, skating rink and arcade.
The mall's biggest claim to fame may be serving as a backdrop in action scenes in the 1989 time-travel comedy “Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure” starring Keanu Reeves. ___
This story has been corrected to say the mall has been open for 47 years, not 46.