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Mall Santa Jerry McCratt stands in the empty Piqua Mall.

Lonely Santa Emerges From Remnants of Piqua Mall

Piqua Mall. Silence. Then a faint echo. A bird squawks and flies down the hallway, towards the empty space that was once a Sears. Then, the sound of bricks tumbling – as a jaded mall Santa emerges from a pile of rubble.

“It just ain’t the same anymore” said Santa imposter Jerry McCratt, as a cloud of dust settled around him. “People have either given up on Santa or the Piqua Mall. Probably both.”

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Once the hub for Christmas shopping in Miami County, the Piqua Mall is now essentially a ghost town. Despite the dreariness, McCratt still calls it home every holiday season. 

“It’s quiet. Occasionally, I think I hear the sound of a cashier scanning a barcode. But then, I wonder if it’s all in my head because I haven’t seen anyone here in months.” 

Ever since the news broke that the Piqua Mall would be demolished and replaced by a casino, the shopping center has turned into a depressing construction zone. Locals have not been allowed to enter the property without hard hats.

“It’s dangerous. The place could fall apart on its own any minute,” said McCratt as a large brick fell from the ceiling, shattering a kiosk of bedazzled phone cases. 

“But if the mall collapses, I’ll be here to go down with it. I wouldn’t want to die any other way.”

Happy Holidays from the Miami County Bugle Caller. Subscribe for the finest local journalism on the net. 

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Mario Cheltingham

MCBC Business Insider Analyst. Former Muncie Business Journal Editor-In-Chief. Striving to create a more prosperous business climate.

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