Peebles moving out
WORTHINGTON — Peebles has joined the list of stores exiting the Northland Mall.
The Worthington mall’s last remaining department store was plastered with “store closing” and “clearance sale” signs over the weekend, and many shoppers were on hand to score some last-minute deals before the store closes on July 26.
Employees were notified last week that the store would be closing, and the “everything must go” clearance sale began on Saturday.
Andrea Molette, vice president of media, public relations and events for Stage Stores, which owns the Peebles brand, expressed a deep appreciation for Worthington.
“We’re very appreciative to the community of Worthington and we appreciate being able to have been a part of the community,” Molette said.
Details as to why Peebles is closing were not released. The store, though, is the latest in a lengthy list of other businesses that have left the deteriorating mall. Most recently, JCPenney’s Northland Mall location closed in May.
Last month, Nobles County District Court granted the city of Worthington to demolish the old KMart building by the mall. Judge Gordon Moore ruled in favor of the city to demolish the structure after reviewing a Wenzel Engineering structural report. The report estimated the cost to renovate the space to a functional retail space at almost $3.5 million, while demolition would cost approximately $253,000. Moore stated in court that the report painted a bleak picture for the KMart building.
Northland Mall Realty, owned by Mike Kohan, can demolish the building itself if it responds before Friday.
If Northland Mall Realty chooses to demolish the building itself, a bond of $380,000 must be paid and the building would have to come down before Aug. 14. If no one from Northland Mall responds by Friday, the city will go forth with plans to demolish the building.
Northland Mall opened in Worthington on Oct. 12, 1977, and was described in the following day’s Daily Globe as a “210,000-square-foot enclosed-mall shopping center” that “will provide facilities for more than 40 stores and for twin theaters for the region.” The mall at the time was owned by Developers Diversified, Ltd., of Cleveland, Ohio.
Now, more than 36 years later, the mall appeared to be home to just five businesses during a walk-through Monday afternoon. Kohan purchased the mall in December 2008 from Developers Diversified Realty for $1.8 million.
Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.