The Plano Antique Mall quietly opened this month in its new location at 6505 West Park Boulevard. For more than a quarter-century it operated on the east side of town at the Plano Market Square Mall.
That site is now being redeveloped as Assembly Park. The antique mall had to vacate its space on Dec. 31.
“It was very difficult to move,” longtime manager Irene Lam says. “We spent all New Year’s Day moving.”
While moving may have been tough, Lam says she and her team are excited about the new location. Once upon a time, it was part of a large Albertsons supermarket. The space was then split between a Jumpstreet trampoline park and CooCoos indoor playground. Both have since closed.
The antique mall occupies the former CooCoos portion. While the new 20,000 square-foot space is slightly smaller than the previous antique mall location, higher ceilings and better lighting make it feel much larger.
“It’s the perfect size,” Lam says. “We don’t want something that overwhelms you.”
She also believes that the new west side location should be able to attract more traffic from nearby areas lie Carrollton, Lewisville, Little Elm, Frisco and North Dallas.
Lam estimates that about two-thirds of the mall’s vendors have completed setting up their spaces. Once everyone has moved in, and permanent signage has been installed, she plans to host a formal grand opening celebrating the mall’s triumphant return.
“A lot of us have worked here for years. We really love to do this,” she says.