MARSHFIELD – The renovation of Marshfield Mall is moving forward with a co-owner saying the mall will close in September to prepare for the construction of a new mall.
Ned Brickman, president of Midland Management, the mall’s co-owner, told the Marshfield News-Herald that the mall will close Sept.
Brickman proposed a plan to the Marshfield Common Council on May 10 that includes using the existing structure to create space for some large stores that would have their own outside entrances. Brickman told the News-Herald that there is a small indoor area near Ashley Furniture and Kohl’s that will remain. Some of the existing stores will be relocated to this area, he said.
A different plan was put forward by Brickman in 2018, which would involve demolishing the mall and building a mall in its place. However, the owners had trouble getting the plan off the ground because retailers at the time were hesitant to invest in brick-and-mortar stores amid the boom in online shopping. Brickman told board members in May that they already have engagements from retailers this time around, and there is no lack of interest in the property.
Brickman told the News-Herald that there are a lot of moving parts to the plan and he hopes to be able to share more information in the coming months. He did not share a timeline for the project.
The stores inside the mall are gearing up for the upcoming changes. Some are preparing to move to new spaces within the mall, while others are planning to close, have already closed, or are looking for new locations.
Darby Shannon, manager of World Buffet, said the restaurant will remain in its current location while construction crews work on a new space on site. The World Buffet will be closing for a short time as it prepares to reopen in the new space.
“This new experience will be great for the community and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” said Shannon.
Sports Scene will move in September to the former Radio Shack store next to TC Nails in the mall, an employee told a News-Herald reporter.
Claire’s will close on August 20, according to the store’s Facebook page and a sign posted outside the store. Claire’s has no immediate plans to move to Marshfield, but that shouldn’t rule out hope for the future, wrote an employee on the store’s Facebook page.
Bath & Body Works has already closed. House of Unique, an antiques store, is preparing to close and is looking for a new location, an employee told a News-Herald reporter.
Anchor stores Ashley Furniture, Kohl’s and Harbor Freight will remain open, officials confirmed to a News-Herald reporter.
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