Mall To Close: Put A Fence Around It, Until The Economy Picks Up
REDLANDS - Redlands Mall tenants - about six in all - received a letter dated Aug. 2 informing them their leases were being terminated and they need to exit their stores by the close of business Sept. 30. Thereafter, the Redlands Mall will be closed. "They (GGP representatives) came in and told us that they're out of bankruptcy and things were going to look good and then the next thing we know they come in and say they're closing the mall," store owner Wes Hayden said Friday. Hayden is owner of three stores in the mall: Eyeware Specialist, Rittman's Tuxedo and Hayden-Brothers Coffee. When reached Thursday, David Keating, vice president of Corporate Communications for GGP said that the Redlands Mall will fall under Spinco, a subsidiary company that was created as GGP moves back into business. He stressed that Spinco will not abandon or neglect its properties. He did not mention the closure. (snippet)
But the mall business owners said they have been told a very different story. "They said they're going to put a fence around it until the economy picks up," Hayden said. "Why would you blight a city like this by putting a fence around the mall. We're not a prison."