Another Store Is Leaving The Mall At Steamtown

Published 07/20 2014 05:31PM

Updated 07/20 2014 06:25PM

Scranton, Lackawanna County - There's more troubling news for the cash-strapped Mall at Steamtown.

Eyewitness News has been able to confirm that the mall's second largest store, Express is set close inside the mall on August 10th.

The last few months have been a troubling stretch for the Mall at Steamtown.

When one of the mall's anchor tenants, Bon-Ton, left in late January the mall's owners defaulted on a multi-million dollar mortgage payment.

On July 15th, the mall went up for a sheriff's sale at the Lackawanna County Court.

On Sunday employees of Express, the mall's second largest store, confirmed they're closing on August 10th.

That has left shoppers like Amy Reilly wondering what will happen next.

"I don't see how they can recover," she said. "You come here and there are hardly any stores open. Nobody's ever here."

In March the mall went into foreclouse the Steamtown Pub, the mall's only sit down restaurant, closed. The mall also lost its Carvel Cinnabon shop and its "As Seen on Tv" store in the same month.
Reilly believes in order to bring customers back into the mall something else needs to come to downtown Scranton.

"There's not enough to do," she said. "It's basically just bars and that's it. So I would bring in something that would get people down here."

Al Boscov, the owner of Boscov's department store, has maintained he is still interested in the property.

Michael Malesky used to work in the mall just a handful of years ago. He told Eyewitness News he remembers when it was a happening place after it opened in 1993.

Malesky said he thinks for the mall to turn around they need to focus on younger crowds.

"I don't see any real turnaround unless they get some real good stores in here," he said. "Maybe a Macy's or something where people are younger actually want to come and shop."

Eyewitness News reached out to officials from Express and the Mall at Steamtown, but didn't hear anything in return.

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