Holmes is an unincorporated community in Ridley Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The community was named in honor of Richard Holmes. Holmes was a farmer whose family lived in Holmes for nearly a century. Sadly, where the family’s homestead once stood, there is now a shopping mall. The MacDade Mall opened in 1969 with only 5 retailers. The Mall is now considered a landmark, and it’s currently anchored by a Kmart and an Acme. The MacDade Mall was popular through the 1980s to the early 2000s, and it housed around 35 shops. Baseball card and collectible shows were in the Mall regularly, along with visits from the Philly Phanatic himself. Following the early 1990s opening of “The Blue Route” also known as Interstate 476, visitors opted to visit other shopping centers in the area such as the Springfield Mall and the Granite Run Mall. By 2006, the mall opted not to renew the tenants' leases and the stores in the MacDade Mall started to slowly make their ways out of the building to either pursue business elsewhere, or close indefinitely. In late 2007, a movie called The Lovely Bones filmed in the MacDade Mall after dressing it up as if it was the 1960s. The movie came out in 2009, and today the mall is still deserted.
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