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Changes Hurting Some at South Park Mall


It's a story that KWQC has been following for months - what will be the next steps for the struggling SouthPark Mall.

On Monday, several restaurants are preparing to close their doors - within the mall.

And it wasn't a choice.

In October, three restaurants were told they would have to close up show at the end of the year.

And more will be leaving after January.

One of the managers says she isn't ready to leave, but in the end, it was out of her hands.

"They didn't give a reason, other than we need to vacate," says American Great Steak Manager Debbie Martin.

She has been the manager there since in opened in May of last year.

She says business is goo.

So good in fact, she was looking to reapply for her lease.

"I had asked for a new two year lease. So many people liked this food and I was so ecstatic that it was from my own kitchen, you could say."

But things started to fall apart for Martin in October, when she says all the restaurant owners met with mall management.

"We wanted to know what was going on in the mall. Were we staying or were we having to go?" Martin remembers.

She says everyone was told there were things in the making, but nothing definitive.

That was until a letter came from mall management, saying they had to go.

So now, with no place to run her business, Martin says she is at a loss.

But, instead of feeling bad for herself, she feels bad for others.

"I miss the people. That what I really miss about the mall. All the workers, all the old people, the customers, the employees. They're not going to have any place to eat."

The last day Martin's business will be open in New Year's Eve.

After that, she will have a week to clean out her store.

Martin says she has tried to find places to move her business, including North Park Mall.

But so far, moving has been too expensive of an option.


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