That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

January 13, 2007

Coliseum Mall closing on Sunday

Filed under: "coliseum mall" — Anita @ 5:58 am

{WAVY TV 10}

Filed by Shannon Powell

The first mall built on the Peninsula is closing its doors on Sunday. Coliseum Mall is being torn down to make way for the Peninsula Town Center. The mall was built in 1973. Over the years the structure was renovated, but owners believe it is time to update the shopping center. Some people are looking forward to the new shopping area.

“I really think it is going to be very nice. I think it’s going to bring in more revenue. More jobs and make our city look better than what it looks right now, ” said Mone Gilliam.

Then there are those who like Coliseum, as is.

“You become familiar with the clerks and therefore it become like a family environment around here. Now, you won’t have that,” said Billie Jean Neil.

“Over the 33 years, our population has started to grow, ” said Coliseum Mall General Manager Raymond Tripp, “we realize we need to do something more dramatic.”

The new Peninsula will cost around $200-million dollars to complete. During the construction phase, Macy’s Department store will remain open. Barnes & Nobles, Burlington Coat Factory and JCPenny will remain open until the stores’ new buildings are ready.

The Town Center is scheduled to open in 2009.


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