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Mall walkers try to stomp out open-air redevelopment plans

 

A group of mall walkers is hopping mad that a developer plans to turn their favorite stomping grounds into an open-air lifestyle center, and they're circulating a petition to halt the $50 million makeover planned for Concord Mall, in Elkhart, Indiana, reports WSBT 22.

 

Six days a week, Sharon Taylor and her husband start their morning off with a few laps around the Concord Mall.

“Walk and just enjoy the company of each other as well as looking at what the stores have to offer,” said Taylor.

She says it's helped her husband improve his health.

 

"We've come here for about 14 years. He had a herniated disc in his back, and the doctor told him the best thing to do is to walk. So we've walked. But we shop here a lot too,” said Taylor.

 

The developers aren't overly concerned. Keith Stark, CEO of ConsortiumCRE, the firm leasing the project, told WSBT 22 that the firm's main focus is shoppers and not walkers. "The mall was never built for mall walkers. It's a shopping center. And that is its primary and on-going concern."

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