They want more people in the corridors, more people browsing windows and more people spending money.
The mall, off
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They have or have had projects in
"This is familiar territory for us,"
He said the company has taken other underperforming retail assets and executed a "true turnaround benefiting tenants and the community"
Neither Davidov nor
The mall, which opened in 1986 and was renovated in 2004, has about 70 stores, including the area's only
A few of the mall's merchants -- who had not heard of the sale on Tuesday afternoon -- would tell the new owners they have some work in front of them.
"When people do come in," said
"It's heartbreaking," said Abdi, who has had the kiosk since 2003.
The mall needs more national stores to bring in more shoppers, but the national stores need to see the increased traffic before they will lease space. Harm said the new owners should entice the stores by offering them free rent for a year.
The new owners have partnered before on The Outlet Shoppes in
"When you pull up to this mall, it looks like it's just been sitting here," said Gillard of the 521,000 square feet of
She thinks the mall needs a total makeover, inside and out.
"People walk in, see there's nothing here and walk back out," Abdi said.
Harm said one problem is that the mall's management has allowed more than one store to carry the same merchandise, which results in a price war that no one wins. Abdi said he's seen so many stores come and go that he can tell when new merchants move in if they will survive, or not.
"We watch them come and go,' Harm agreed.
And it's not just the merchants who notice the deficiencies at the mall.
"There's not much to this mall," said Jamaica Hubbert of
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