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It's a day to celebrate. You can now play lacrosse inside the St. Lawrence Centre Mall. And soccer. And a lot of other games. Its new indoor Sports Complex is ready for action.
“The only way to convince the community that we're here to turn the mall around and help the community is come and see the field. Come and look at it,” said Amrick Bansal, Shapiro Group vice president.
Shapiro Group bought the mall in 2017 after it fell on hard times. They've spiffed it up. The Sports Complex is their first big project. It's already making a difference for retailers.
“I've noticed that we are seeing more of an influx of people, like during lacrosse season you'd see big buses pull up. And we're like, 'Yay!' It's so nice to see,” said Angela Thomas, Elite Events store manager.
The new indoor sports facility isn't the only new thing going on at the mall. The ownership group has big plans for both retail, entertainment, and business.
They held a Sports Complex grand opening Wednesday, but say they also want to create an entertainment venue in the mall, bring in more retailers and even businesses searching that need space.
“We're going to build more and more toward a family grouping environment, on one side, which will help the retail. And at the same time we're going to work with our elected officials to try and get some industry here to try to create the jobs,” said
The owners say they can succeed in Massena as other malls continue to flounder. They say they'll do that by giving it their full attention so the games can go on.