Massena Shoppers, Officials React To Store ClosuresPosted: Updated:
The Bon-Ton store at St. Lawrence Centre Mall will sell its last Michael Kors purse in January.
In the plaza next door you won't even be able to buy a loaf of bread at the Hannaford Superstore by end of July.
Both have announced they are closing.
“I wish it wasn't like that. I wish, you know, I'd like to see this area come back,” said Theresa Planty, Hannaford and mall shopper.
It leaves shoppers in Massena wondering what's closing next. They say cuts in workforce at employers like Alcoa and the outright closure of others like GM have taken a toll.
Nearly 100 people will lose their jobs when the two stores close. Of the four original anchor stores at the mall, only JCPenny is still open.
“It's just not happening anymore. People just don't have the money to shop,” said Jane Bradish, Bon-Ton and mall shopper.
At Massena Town Hall, officials still have hope for the mall. They've been talking to its new owners.
They say those owners have plans to attract new businesses - maybe restaurants, perhaps a movie theater, or even an anchor store.
“They seem really aggressive. They're really working hard to come up with ideas to fill the space in there,” said Steve O'Shaugnessy, Massena town supervisor-elect.
St. Lawrence Centre Mall operators emphasize there are still about 30 stores open there. And they confirm they are in the hunt for new tenants.
Town officials hope the mall can even help lead Massena's turnaround.