Lakeside mall opened in 1976, which contained around 180 different stores, and was developed by A. Alfred Taubman and Rodamco. In 1990 the mall expanded in size and got a $3 million renovation in 2007, which included new signs and better pedestrian access. New features of the shopping center include an ice skating rink, food truck, and a pop up market space.
Over many years, Lakeside's popularity decreased due to competition. The Mall of Partridge Creek opened up in 2007 which took away customers. During the time of the opening Lakeside started to suffer. Many stores and big companies have shut down their stores inside of the mall in result.
"When I was younger Lakeside was a big part of my childhood," senior Gabriela Hotij said. "It's sad to see it become rundown and empty."
"I live really close to Lakeside and there isn't any other malls close to me," senior Chelsea Rakes said. "I'm happy the mall is still going to stay the way it is, but renovated and updated. The location of the mall is very convenient to most people in this area, so whenever I go shopping Lakeside is always my first choice."