Readers share Highland Mall memories

Unknown Object Pictured is an old aerial photo of the Highland Mall property, which has been purchased by Austin Community College for a new campus.[/caption]

Community Impact Newspaper published an April story detailing the pending closure of Highland Mall, which closes its doors April 30 after 44 years.

We asked Central Austin readers to share their fondest memories of Highland Mall. Here are a few of the replies so far. All responses are anonymous.

  • “Ice skating in the mid ‘90s!”

  • “Gold Mine video arcade! They even had Dragon’s Lair!”

  • “It was THE place to shop in its heyday.”

  • “Lived 2 blocks from Highland Mall, did a lot of shopping there.”

  • “Getting my phone stolen and then having it returned because the person felt bad.”

  • “Buying fake bling that you wear on your teeth at Hot Topic!”

  • “Being a ‘mallie’ back in the ‘80s, hanging out Saturdays with other teens!”

  • “I would take my children in the ’80s.”

  • “Ice skating”

  • “Many years shopping, eating, drinking and working there…I’ll miss it.”

  • “It was the only shopping mall when I first moved here.”

  • “Getting cream cheese brownies at the food court.”

  • “Early 2000s—shopping at Forever 21.”

  • “My childhood.”


Add to this list by filling out this month's reader question. We will update the story next week with new results.
By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.