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Our opinion: Mall needs new idea

February 6, 2013

Ah, those were heady days of commerce, those decades of the ‘70s and ‘80s when buildings of giant proportions and extravagant concourses sprung up to lure national retail chains and the consumers wh......

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writer10

Feb-06-13 2:18 AM

First off the Warren Mall went empty prior to local box stores being built. Turn the mall into an indoor recreation area. Bowling, mini golf, paintball, lazer tag, or what ever else can be done under a roof. This entire region lacks indoor recreation, other than Splash Lagoon in Erie. So it would be a winter time draw.

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potsyann

Feb-06-13 5:39 AM

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potsyann

Feb-06-13 5:41 AM

10's got the right idea!!

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RStanton

Feb-06-13 9:30 AM

Zamias is what killed the Warren Mall, with his high rents and his inability or reluctance to attract big draw stores. If you'd visited other Zamias owned malls in the '90s they were in the same boat. What the Warren Mall needs is an owner with vision and the willingness to spend money on necessary updates. Twenty years ago the Chautauqua Mall was no different than ours...lots of empty storefronts and and anchor stores like Woolworths. Then came Simon, bought the Chautauqua Mall and revamped it, updating and bringing in "hot" stores, and as a result, have had very little vacant space for the last 15 years or so, all while competing with a Wal Mart "supercenter" right next door.

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garypayton

Feb-06-13 11:56 AM

Yeah. Warren was BOOMING in the 70s and 80s.

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BrookP

Feb-06-13 2:11 PM

We have to quit doing more of the same. The local market cannot sustain the mall. The only way to it is to attract out-of-town customers. To do that, you HAVE to have businesses that aren't in the area, which includes Lakewood. Recruit the different types of stores that are in the Buffalo and Cleveland malls, stores people are willing to drive to get. Case in point, Applebees. There is one in Lakewood. No one in Jamestown is going to drive to Warren to eat at Applebees. It was a dumb decision. This seems like a fairly simple concept. The owners need to think outside the box.

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Lifelongresident

Feb-06-13 2:31 PM

Anyone ever seen Salamanca's Antique Mall?

I think this area could support something like that and it would draw people in from out of the area.

But I do like writer10's idea as well.

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25or624

Feb-06-13 2:49 PM

BrookP, our Applebees seems to be doing quite well, actually.

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MTOMTO

Feb-06-13 2:50 PM

Just a thought, how about converting it into a Convention Center?

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MTOMTO

Feb-06-13 2:52 PM

One word......Casino!

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MTOMTO

Feb-06-13 2:54 PM

The First Mall of Christ?

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BrookP

Feb-06-13 4:46 PM

25, yes, Applebees is doing fine. We can sustain a restaurant, but that's not the point. It is absolutely no draw for people outside the immediate area. A chain that didn't exist in Lakewood would have attracted NY diners, some of whom would have shopped here, too. I maintain that Applebees was a dumb decision for the local economy.

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shadow

Feb-06-13 6:27 PM

Indoor Skate Park. There is one in Jamestown that does really well. Many kids from this area have their parents drive them up there all year around because it is way better than our outdoor skate park at Beatty. Kids would come from all around to use it while their parents stay to shop or eat at the restaurants....I know,I know. This idea will get neg. comments because it is something for those trouble making kids.

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Rockytop

Feb-07-13 9:09 AM

I came from an area that has a Childrens Discovery House.The local industries support it and furnish displays and learning experiances. This could be a use for some of the empty buildings and space in Warren County. I don't recall seeing anything like this in any near by towns and it should become an attraction. It would also be a plus for Warren County's children.

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MTOMTO

Feb-07-13 11:31 AM

Turn it into a shooting gallery for assault weapon tactical training.

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Frugaltaxpayer

Feb-07-13 12:55 PM

Make it a tribute museum to Obama, oh wait it already is, no busnesses and no jobs. Yes, I know its not his fault, before all you wacked libs get your panties in a bunch.

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OldWarrener

Feb-12-13 7:22 PM

Ever heard of an OUTLET MALL? Grove City has one. Yes an indoor version violates the current model, but it could draw from patrons from a large area.

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