"... Pole Mall has lights on ..."
West Grayside [52,80], [53,80], [53,81]
Pole Mall, or Pall Mall as it is known to the beleaguered locals, is a three-block shopping mall built around one corner of Clapton Stadium in the suburb of West Grayside. Pole Mall is unique in this manner, as all other malls have four blocks, with the exception of Lumber Mall, which has two blocks.
Coordinates: [52,80], [53,80], [53,81]
Pole Mall's unique design came when in late 1996, just as the second Mall Boom was drawing to a close, and like many malls in Malton was enacted as a stopgap to a dropping economy. The West Grayside suburban committee discovered at that time that the local economy was tanking, badly. The auto industry had recently hit a massive slump in the local area, temporarily shutting down many of the auto repair shops that made up much of West Grayside's economy. In addition, the Malton Rovers had been stealing many fans away from WG's Clapton Stadium with their recent string of victories, pulling much-needed dollars northward to Floyde Stadium in Barrville. West Grayside needed money- and fast.
Designer Hitoshi Abe was called upon to solve the suburb's crisis - Hitoshi had designed Clapton Stadium ten years earlier, and now saw the problem largely as a matter of business. Other than a few clubs and bars to the south, there was almost nothing to do in West Grayside other than the stadium. The response; build an add-on.
With a quick surge of funding from the city, Abe set out on the fastest and most ambitious construction project of his long-standing career. After only six months of work, Abe proudly cut the ribbon and opened the doors to Pole Mall in early June. The mall was done in the same curving style as the stadium, nestled up close and connected by a series of short, flowing skyways. It looked natural and charming, almost as if it had been built with the stadium rather than ten years after, and it did the trick- within the next three months attendance at Clapton games had tripled, and the suburb's troubles were over.
Pole Mall, though muted white on the outside and containing most of the staples of any Malton mass-shopping establishment, is by and large a gigantic Clapton Stadium gift shop- no other mall in Malton sports so much red, even a post-siege Caiger. Though the general mall decor is a fairly muted color that is easy on the eye, a duck into any of the sports stores or clothing stores will make you think you've walked onto the scene of a massacre. West Graysiders are immensely proud of the Crash- and of their mall. Pole Mall is also bracketed on several sides by tall, gray stone parking garages, which are angled largely in similar shape as the mall itself and often give the misconception that the entire mall is made of stone. Since the outbreak, most of these garages have collapsed after being damaged by various zombie hordes rattling through the area, and since upkeep of garages has never been high priority for survivors they remain collapsed today.
Local Zombie Status
Barricading Policy and Mall Entry Points
All three sections of the Mall are to be kept at EHB+4 at all times.
The Younghusband Arms (directly below the southeast corner), Purt Walk Fire Station (in Kempsterbank, due north of Pole's NW corner), and Club Tremlett (also in Kempsterbank, North east of Pole's NE corner) are designated VSB+2 entry points.
April 7 2017 - The Band of the Hand claims official ownership of Pole Mall and the surrounding blocks.
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Undated - Currently, Pole Mall is under siege! Whether this is a feral conglomerate or an organised excursion is unknown, but there are exactly twelve zombies in the southwest sector of Pole Mall at the time of this writing. -Exelixi