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285 Medley Centre Pwky, Rochester NY 14622 [Directions]

Medley Centre was a mall located between Route 104 and East Ridge Road just west of Interstate 590. It was originally known as Irondequoit Mall when it opened in 1990. As of late 2009 the mall was to get a new name - Lakeridge Centre. 1 See full History below.

As of April 2010, the enclosed mall between the stores was closed, leaving only 2 of the anchor stores (Sears and Macy's) operating. Since then the larger site has been awaiting development and has become the subject of much political discussion regarding public financial incentives given to the developer. In 2014, things went more downhill for the Medley Centre. Macy's decided to close their store 2 and a water pipe burst 3, flooding parts of the mall. The final store Sears decided to close in 2016.



Early Years

The Declining Years

The Bersin Phase

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The Congel Phase

During the Congel Phase Macy's and Sears decided to close their stores, leaving the mall without any anchor stores and no tenants.



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2007-04-09 14:52:12   I really hope this mall becomes popular again. IMHO this is the nicest looking mall in the Rochester area, the amount of high skylights are great, probably the best place in Rochester to get some sunshine when the outside weather is too rough to bear. —TravisOwens

2007-08-30 10:37:12   I hope that Congel can breath light into this mall again, I believe that the only way this mall will see popularity is if Congel can bring one a kind, new stores to the Rochester area. The only way to do that would be to make it a state of the art facility that retailers flock to. It has worked in Buffalo, Syracuse, and Albany for the Pyramid company, why not here? Crossgates Mall, Carousel Mall, and Walden Galleria are in some of the poorest areas of their cities, yet they are the premier malls of the area.

Right now, no visitor to Rochester should even bother stopping at the Medley Centre. The mall only serves those that live around it and cannot afford to drive to our 3 other malls. —MrRochester

2007-12-09 23:10:07   Even Midtown has a smaller vacancy rate than this place. —ThomasPawlik

2007-12-12 00:27:05   The above description says there incidence of crime was an urban legend. Maybe, maybe not. I visited there three times during this era of the mall. The third time I watched about 30 high school kids brawl next to the food area. 6 months later my buddy got a car window broken there. Neither of us have had a similar experience at any of the other malls in the area. Neither of us made a call to the police about it but both of us did stop going there. Not everyone who stopped going there did so because they "didn't like the looks of the crowd." (I still go to Marketplace, Eastview and Midtown—never really get out to Greece.) —BadFish

2007-12-12 12:50:48   Well, I used to work at Irondequoit Mall and we used to have a great time watching the security guards take down shoplifters that tried to run for it out of the department stores. Can't get any more entertaining than that. However, I never felt in danger. —SaraChristine

2007-12-12 14:09:07   Yeah, it didn't feel dangerous, I just tend not to bother going to businesses that seem to have more fights and car break ins than other businesses. —BadFish

2007-12-26 09:37:06   Talk about a one-sided biased article! The report of crime and violence is no "urban legend" at Medley Center. As much as I would love to see this mall recover, the only way this can happen is if those involved accept the fact that security is an issue.

I have seen gang brawls, shoplifter apprehensions, and various bouts of violence there. The ominous presence of young hoods doesn't help.

Although it is considered "progressive" or "enlightened" to deny the violence and blight that has enguled the northeast of Rochester and the strip of Irondequoit adjacent to Rt 104, it is high time we accept the fact that this is a problem and needs a solution.

The city of Rochester has finally acknowledged the gang problem, and I only hope that this didn't come too late to save the city. Medley Center needs to do the same regarding the real elements that keep shoppers away - and not be apologetic about it. —JackPorcello

2007-12-26 11:47:11   I'm not familiar enough with Medley Center to say first hand whether the crime is real or perceived. In fact, I was last there in 1999. That's beside the point, however. Much like the city, it doesn't matter whether the crime is real or perceived. A perception of crime has much the same effect as actual crime: people stay away. —JasonHaremza

2009-01-18 01:23:35   While the heart of the mall is now closed for the redevelopment project, it's worth noting that Sears and Macy's will remain open. —BrettDaly

2009-09-23 13:00:43   I heard Wegmans is going to buy the mall and turn it into a superstore —sub619

2010-04-23 15:17:14   Called to find out when stores could move in or Mall would open - person answering at the number above did not know. Asked about a lease, said call SRC Developers in Syracuse 315-471-8940. —JackGreenky

2011-11-23 17:31:10   This is a review originally posted on Yelp:

The "mall" itself is now closed, and only 2 of the original anchor stores are still operating. Some developer has grandiose plans to make this into some sort of 'destination', complete with a 25 story hotel. Of course, this will be only possible with handout money and tax breaks from the county....