Quad City Times, by Jennifer DeWitt, published Apr 1, 2017 [link]
SouthPark Mall manager: ‘Future is really bright here’
More than three years ago, the new owners of SouthPark Mall in Moline made a major commitment to reinventing the tired mall.
Macerich Co. invested millions into a major remodeling, demolishing the closed Sears store and nearby food court which, in turn, helped attract a new Dick’s Sporting Goods store. Other mall interior improvements — unveiled with much fanfare in November 2014 — have led to increased sales, customer traffic, sales taxes and maybe most importantly, a renewed interest in the now 43-year-old mall.
“SouthPark is alive and well, and we think the future is really bright here,” said Dennis Gilliam, the new senior property manager for SouthPark and its sister NorthPark Mall, Davenport. “Development going on in both directions from the mall is really solid.”
Their has been a distinct increase in retail interest after the Macerich Co. mall completed it’s redevelopment, most notably landing a new Olive Garden. This follows an overall trend in retail growth and visibility for Moline proven with a Panda Buffett and Popeyes moving into the community.
Retail Strategies is a proud partner with the city of Moline. We are happy to see our combined efforts and outreach culminating in increased quality of life for the community.