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Shoppers, businesses: New Raleigh mall needs to be done right

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RALEIGH, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The City of Memphis' plan to reinvigorate Raleigh Springs Mall is nothing new to neighboring businesses and shoppers.

Wal-Mart, Sears, A.J. Wright: They are all stores that were coming to the mall or set up shop in the mall but the anticipated results never came to fruition.

"We've had several stores leave the area. We lost A.J. Wright which was the main anchor store over here. The mall just went down," says Patrick Horner, manager of Suits U across from the Raleigh Springs Mall, "If they pour into it, it can live again, just like a phoenix that rises from the ashes. We're proud people out here, we take care of our own, so we support our own."

Thursday night, the city unveiled their $30 million plan to demolish Raleigh Springs Mall and rebuild it as an open-air mall featuring a skate park for kids, a farmer's market, retail stores as well as a new library and police precinct.

Patrice Parker visits Raleigh Springs Mall every two weeks to get her hair done. She says she will do more shopping at the mall if the $30 million plan works.

"It's past time for that," says Parker, "People will come out here more instead of going far out shopping."

City Councilman Bill Morrison, who has helped with the project that's been three years in the making, says Macy's will most likely not return but they do have stores already committing Suits U and other neighboring stores say if the right and proper stores are put in, the renovation project will be a success.

Parker adds that the crime in the area has deterred people from visiting the area; crime won't keep away growth, she says, but rather growth will deter crime by giving the young people something to do.

"With them adding on to the mall and the plans they have for the mall, it gives them more to do, even if it's just walking the mall," says Parker.


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