Of course, by 2000, both Caldor and Steinbach were already gone, leaving the mall with only JCPenney and Marshall’s as anchors, and it felt sad and deserted.Still, the decor and layout of the mall were golden–enough to solidify it as one of my favorites. The towers were always better, they were exciting, they instituted new restaurants, they brought in great chefs, and they built the Colosseum. I’ve been right there at the front door meeting and greeting people, taking care of them, parking their cars, helping them with their luggage, checking them in for 50 years.They were pretty good cars really considering there was no I-15 back then.It was Interstate 91, and that was, in a lot of places, just a two-lane road going to California. There was royalty from Greece, but they hadn’t made a reservation.They hadn’t asked for accommodations until they got here.February 22, 2007 | New York | Posted by Caldor Perhaps the most disappointing find on my recent trip out to Albany was the current state of the Clifton Park Center, long one of my favorite malls in the area.
The mall, which probably had around 700,000 or 800,000 square feet of floor space at the time, was sprawled out in a bizarre one-level layout.Liberace was around, but Andy Williams opened our very first show. If I went fishing, it would only last two days because I’d want to get back to work.“I’ve made a good living, and that’s been wonderful. When I wake up in the morning, I know at least five days a week, I’ll have a nice place to go where I can get lunch and make a few dollars.” Jim is the only Day 1 employee still at Caesars, although Pamela Price, Pete George, Benny Figgins and John O’Connell have been faithful team members since the first year.The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book.