Miracle City Mall | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com
“Dave’s” hot dog stand was the last remaining tenant at the time of the mall’s closure

The advent of the human space program in 1961 transformed Titusville in just 10 years from a sandy and soporific town of about 6,000 into a vigorous city of 31,000. The rapid growth inspired the “Miracle City” sobriquet adopted by the mall’s planners.

Miracle City Mall opened in 1968, built on 32 acres and covering 275,000 square feet of floor space.

JCPenney and Belk Lindsey(later Belk’s) anchored the mall, with the spaces between them occupied by the likes of Thom McAn (a shoe store), McCrory (a department store), Vogue and Lerner women’s fashions, a Hallmark card shop, Zales Jewelry and a Walgreens with a snack bar. Within a few years, the mall added an outlying building just north of it, containing a twin movie theater and a grocery store.

Bob Socks, a former city councilman and an original tenant, operated an Orange Julius stand in the mall for three years before taking a job as manager of the Walgreens at the other end of the mall. Alden Curfman, newly relocated with his family from North Dakota, was running a Karmelkorn shop in the mall. In 1971, he began leasing the Orange Julius kiosk from Socks and eventually bought the franchise.

Curfman’s son, Dave, managed the Orange Julius stand and later took over the business. When the deal with Orange Julius expired, the stand became known as “Dave’s” hot dog stand.

Miracle City Mall | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.abandonedfl.com
The old JCPenney was the least degraded part of the mall and the last store to close.

There are speculations as to what caused the mall’s decline, but many agree that Miracle City was hit hard when the Walmart Supercenter opened in 1995. By the mid-2000s, the mall was just a shadow of it’s former self. Belk’s had left, leaving JCPenney’s as the lone anchor and only a handful of stores remained, including’s “Dave’s” remained. Due to the economic depression, the site showed signs of deterioration as there was barely any maintenance done.

The end of the space program in 2011 was a huge blow to the economy of Titusville… and a killing blow to the mall. Due to health and safety concerns of their employees, JCPenney was forced to vacate at the end of their lease in February 2013. By then, JCPenney’s and “Dave’s” were the only remaining stores at the mall. With JCPenney gone, the mall officially closed.

In 2014, the property was bought by AG Development Group and Exxcel Project Management, Inc., with plans to replace the current mall with a $60 million open air shopping center called Titus Landing, with shops, entertainment and restaurants.

Demolition began in January 2015.







6 Comments

  1. I went here to take some pictures back in October of 2015 and it was pretty well gutted. When I arrived, all I saw were some piles of metal scraps and a small empty building. The area of the “mall” was quite big but it wasn’t a great place to shoot photos. Now the small building is probably demolished as well.

  2. Interesting that there are plans for Bayshore Plaza in Port St. Lucie found up in Titusville. Wonder how those got up there?? That plaza was built a few years after I moved here to PSL. It was a big day when we did not have to travel miles east to US1 to go food shopping at Winn Dixie!! Now it’s called Shoppes of Victoria Square, and one of the few remaining Winn Dixies is still there.

  3. It’s gone now…leveled for a new development. In fact, new buildings are going up.

    It was a great mall, even though you could see clear from one end to the other. My folks would take us there most every Friday night…I can remember going there as early as about ’76. It would actually be busy on Friday nights. This tells you how boring Titusville was/is on a Friday night.

    I think the pics of the big store that was really messed up was the McCory’s. I remeber they had a snack bar/restaurant near the front of the store. It was a department store of sorts and they even sold small pets like fish and hamsters.

  4. Very sad – at one time this was a safe place for kids to play and friends and family to meet. One correction – the last business to leave Miracle City Mall was United National Travel. We outlasted Dave’s by 10 days before the plug was pulled.

  5. it is all gone now and there is a brand new Hobby Lobby and more big stores being built

  6. I worked at McCrorys for a few years as a porter- from 1973-1976. Had some great experiences working there. Anyone remember Charlie the mall security guard? Ate a lot of hot dogs from Orange Julius.