A map of Bay City Mall as it looks in November 2010. Orange spaces are vacancies.
Starting from Sears and working down to Target then back, these are the former stores I remember:
*The gray space next to Sears is storage. I don’t think it was ever leased.
*I think the ISD space was some sort of clothing store.
*Bay City 8 theaters swallowed a couple storefronts over time to add two more screens in the late 1990s, and then expand the lobby in 2009. The lobby gobbled up what used to be Pac Sun and was previously a shoe store (FootAction USA, I think).
* f.y.e. was Record Town. It still has a Saturday Matinee sign inside.
*Three vacancies to the right of America Eagle, L-R: Pearle Vision (formerly NuVision), Wilson’s Leather and B. Dalton. Pearle Vision and B. Dalton both closed in 2009, and the Wilson’s space had a couple temporary tenants.
*To the right of Bath & Body was Lerner, which closed ca. 2003. Lerner also took up the Justice space; for some reason, the remaining 2/3 of the store just can’t seem to hold a tenant. Over time, it’s been Campus Den and various other temporary stores.
*Gift Barn (formerly Red Barn) was a Lane Bryant.
*The area around Hot Topic used to be two storefronts that faced out into the JCPenney wing. One was AfterThoughts and the other was last used as a scrapbook shop. After both closed, they were redivided as seen.
*Auntie Anne’s and the space behind it used to be a sort of semi-arcade that had console games set up in it.
*The spaces above Zales were GNC’s first location and a suite that was never leased. This whole area was also redivided to make a new Zales and a gift shop that’s now closed.
*Christopher & Banks was Braun’s.
*Hollister was a gift shop called Stadium, and I think a clothing store before that. It might have been a Limited; I know there was one in the mall somewhere.
*Deb used to be Fashion Bug, which consolidated with a store across the street.
*Dunham’s was always there, but it was only 2/3 this size at first. The other 1/3 was a dollar store, a 1/2 Off Card Shop and the 2nd location for Red Barn.
*Bon Worth was originally K-B Toys and later the 2nd location for Red Barn.
*Media Replay has been various little shops over time, none of which I remember.
*The L-shaped space to the left of Avon has never been leased.
*Sveden House Buffet took the triangular space below Avon, the skinny space next to that, and 1/3 of what’s now Old Navy. Later, the triangular section became a Sylvan Learning Center. There was very briefly a scrapbook shop in the lobby of the old Sveden House, but the rest has never been leased since it left in the late 1990s.
*Old Navy took the former location of Deb, the back end of the former Sveden House, and a previously-unleased mini suite.
*Shoe Department (formerly Shoebilee!) gobbled up a space that used to be Campus Den and was something else before that.
*The space to the left of Shoe Department was Finish Line.
*GameStop was EB Games.
*The space below Regis has never been leased. I remember a Josta vending machine set into the wall here.
*Younkers was Prange’s when the mall opened in 1991.
*World Nails expanded at some point, taking over a suite that probably was unleased before.
*Kay Jewelers was JB Robinson.
*CJ Banks isn’t original, but I can’t remember what used to be here.
*Tapper’s Gold was Foot Locker, then a local store, then Foot Locker came back for a short time.
*To the left of Radio Shack was Hallmark. For the 2010 Christmas season, this is a Calendar Club.
*Cingular was Ritz Camera, then a clothing store for a short time. Trade Secret shaved off part of the old Ritz Camera suite.
*The wedge shape to the left of Cingular was Fanny Farmer, then a hamburger shop, then a coffee shop, then Trade Secret.
*Aéropostale was County Seat.
*Perfect Blend was Original Cookie, then Mrs. Fields/Pretzel Time.
*GNC took up two food court suites that I don’t think ever had anything in them.
*Along the "food court", working downward from Tilt!, you have a short-lived coney island, a suite that was never leased. Then New York Pizza, a short-lived pizzeria in a VERY long-abandoned Villa Pizza, then the Chinese place, then A&W (later H&W — no lie), then another never-leased suite. There was a Freshëns Yogurt in the food court at some point, but I don’t know where.
*Chen’s Buffet was Ciao!
*The space above MasterCuts was Andrew’s Jewelers, then another jewelry store.
*And finally, the big L-shaped space was originally Dollar Tree and some never-leased space. This later became a library for a while. The mall tried to get the library to make it a permanent location, but it was turned down. More recently, they tried to get another dollar store in here, but it never opened.