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Schuylkill Mall closing for good

VIDEO Schuylkill Mall closing for good

FRACKVILLE, Pa. - The Schuylkill Mall looks more like a ghost town.

Most of the decorative fountains are still running and the soft music is still playing over the loudspeakers, but the stores are gone.

"It used to be packed up here, years ago. Lot of good stores. However, time's change," said Pottsville resident Tom Takach.

There are only about a dozen stores left inside, but Tuesday, all of the owners were told the mall is closing.

"I make soap and candles and body products, all handmade right in the shop." says Rebekah Hall, who owns Rebekah's Creations. "For me, it's very heartbreaking. Because my late husband and I worked very hard on getting our shop up and running. It's like losing a piece of him."

She had read the writing on the wall, and was planning to leave. The slide began a number of years ago.

"When K-Mart left, it sealed the deal I believe," said Hall.

That is the pattern with malls; when the big anchor stores go, the rest fall like dominoes.

NorthPoint Development out of Missouri bought Schuylkill Mall this year. They want tenants out in two-three months, but said they'll give more time if needed.

The company did not reveal their plans for the building, and didn't respond when WFMZ asked for a comment.

"It's a sad situation for this area, the people depended on this mall for many, many years," said Stan McCloskey, a building & property manager for the borough of Frackville. "Most people now are going south of the mountain, down to the Fairlane Village Mall."

As always, some businesses close, while others thrive, but it's no consolation for the people who like the mall.

"It's gonna be one desolate part of the mountain," said McCloskey.

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