Stroud Mall Gets New Look

There's now something for everyone

STROUD TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Malls across the country face big challenges, mainly from online shopping, and some struggle to stay open. Despite the setbacks, the Stroud Mall just got a shiny, new look.

Nancy Erdman and her friends visit the Stroud Mall twice a week.

"We walk around the mall for exercise, then we go to have coffee," she explains.

On her latest stroll, Nancy noticed some changes.

She says, "it's brightening up!"

A once vacant spot is now serving up Mexican food. The new restaurant is called 'La Hacienda'.

Another large, empty space is now occupied by The Beauty Institute.

Nextdoor, there's this new Sephora. Sue Nunez is relieved she won't be traveling to Lehigh Valley for makeup anymore.

"And then to find out there's one here in Stroudsburg? It's awesome!" she smiles.

The food court is reaching new heights, too. Three-year-old Sarah Mercado is excited to go bungee jumping.

"I wanna jump on it! Q: Does it look like fun? A: Yeah!" she exclaims.

There are several storefronts still shuttered, like a former Hallmark. But new business is also moving in, like a new antique shop.

"Malls are just changing, more like service operated. I mean, one day we'll probably have a doctors office in here, insurance. Whatever it takes to get the mall going. I mean, the malls not going anywhere," says Dawn Vivitoe, owner of Got Beans Cafe.

Dawn Vivitoe owns 'Got Beans Cafe' in the Mall. She says sales are going up, thanks to the new businesses moving in.

She adds, "for awhile it was slow, but now I have a captive audience!"

Food, fun, and beauty; there's now something for everyone.


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