Bradley Square Mall turns 25

Shopping center hosts Chamber of Commerce coffee; looking ahead to filling Kmart location

BRIAN GRAVES Banner Staff Writer
Posted 2/10/16

One of Mark Twain’s more famous quotes is, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”

Those in charge of Bradley Square Mall want area consumers to know the same is true for the …

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Bradley Square Mall turns 25

Shopping center hosts Chamber of Commerce coffee; looking ahead to filling Kmart location

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One of Mark Twain’s more famous quotes is, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”

Those in charge of Bradley Square Mall want area consumers to know the same is true for the popular shopping center.

“We’re not going anywhere,” said Stacia Crye Shahan, the mall’s general manager, as she addressed the monthly coffee of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning.

The event was held at the mall in recognition of the shopping center’s 25th anniversary which will be marked on Saturday.

Shahan, who has held her position for 15 years, acknowledged the recent announcement that Kmart would be closing has caused speculation concerning the mall’s future.

She says anything outside of the mall’s continuous growth and renovation could not be further from the truth.

“Crown American Properties had a partnership with the Hess Corporation and they built the mall for Hess,” Shahan said. “We’ve gone through several owners, but in December 2010 we were bought by M.D. Ruston Properties with the full intention of developing, remodeling and reinvigorating the mall. I think they have brought that to fruition.”

She said the mall has been through three phases of renovation.

“We remodeled Belk, brought Dunham Sports in to replace Sears, and we added the [movie] theaters as phase one,” Shahan said.

Phase two was a total renovation of the interior and the exterior of the mall as well as an upgrade to the parking lot.

“We used all-local contractors for those projects,” Shahan emphasized.

“Phase three will be replacing Kmart and that will probably be done in multiple parts,” she said.

Shahan said the Kmart space is 105,000 square feet “and that would be difficult to replace with one tenant.”

“We’re excited about that phase three,” she said. “There is a lot of interest in that space. There is nothing we have signed yet, but we have several letters of intent out. Hopefully, we will be able to do make some announcements later this year.”

Shahan said because of the time it takes to prepare contractors and architectural work, it will probably be 2017 before construction will be evident at the site.

“We hope the Bradley County community will continue to support us through that, continue to shop here and know that we’re not going anywhere,” she said. “There has been $22 million spent thus far in redevelopment of this center. We’re not going anywhere.”

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