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Mozart

Waterloo, Canada

#1 Aug 13, 2010
How is the Mall in Kingsport doing? Have they ever completed the food court project that was promised for YEARS? Haven't been to the mall in a couple 2-3 years
Kingsport

Waterloo, Canada

#2 Aug 13, 2010
The Mall really needs to be proactive on stimulating traffic. There only hope is to recruit a corporate restaurant to build site in parking lot prob an Outback or Red Lobster. Missed the boat on Buffalo Wild Wings
Nick

Johnson City, TN

#3 Aug 13, 2010
Mall has not done anything that has been promised except update some light bulbs and move some stores around. The manager still says that it is going to be renovated when economy gets beter but i doubt it will happen in my honest opinion. I think there only hope is to atrract either a few big name store that generates lots of traffic not the antique and specialty shops that are locally owned. I couldnt agree more with Kingsport the best thing that could happen is a big name restaurant locate on site to bring in more trafic. I hope something is done to keep this place afloat and not become another eye sore for years like the old Kingsport Mall did.
Adam

Waterloo, Canada

#4 Aug 14, 2010
NOW is the time to prepare for the future of the mall, Not when economy gets back to full swing. Construction cost at a all time low, good time to lure corporate retail stores, restaurants. Or could wait on Construction prices to go sky high and other areas to grow that already have stronger sales(Kingsport Pavilion)
interesting

Waterloo, Canada

#5 Aug 18, 2010
Its interesting to me that the manager of the mall screams "bad economy" as his reason. Economy must not be too bad for him to be letting Tony Shipley have rent space for free as his campaign office?! Hmm....
OH My

Waterloo, Canada

#6 Aug 19, 2010
FREE ??? Maybe misunderstood, malls will often do a Temperary lease to fill space until getting new tenants. Why doesn't mall manager not work with City for help?(example TARGET). Some sorta tax break for building the Mall PAD/ Restaurants
Kingsport Town Center

Waterloo, Canada

#7 Aug 19, 2010
Have the Nicest theaters in Tri-Cities area.
Nick

Johnson City, TN

#8 Aug 19, 2010
If im not mistaken the mall area aplied for tax breaks and was approved for them when they started talking about this, but still have not seen any development from them. Abouit the nicest theatres i will have to disagree they are better than JC but i think Tinseltown has them beat
TNVol

Waterloo, Canada

#10 Aug 20, 2010
Is The Rush opeining in former Belk's home store?
Goodday

Sevierville, TN

#11 Aug 30, 2010
Kingsport Town Center wrote:
Have the Nicest theaters in Tri-Cities area.
Not even close!

Since: Nov 08

Kingsport, TN

#12 Aug 31, 2010
The Mall is in pretty bad shape. Let's face it this mall is pretty much dead. I rarely go to this mall anymore but when I do NOBODY is there. The few that are left aren't shoppers but just really walkers.

This year alone several tenants moved to another location or just shut down all together. RadioShack moved across from the Pavilion and Dollar Tree moved to the Pavilion. Walden Books and Chick Fil A ended up closing in the mall.

Also it looks like their is a good chance that Marquee Cinemas will be closing its location and moving to Phase II of the Pavilion. If this happens which there is a good chance of it, this mall has has had it.

For years this mall has promised a large remodel will take place and yet pretty much no work has been done on it. In the past few years the only thing we've seen is more and more stores shut down or move to another part of town.

The Pavilion and East Stone Commons now receive the majority of shoppers in Kingsport. The mall is outdated and falling apart. I've said for quite some time now that the Fort Herny Mall (Kingsport Town Center) needs to just be tore down, rebuilt, and bought out by somebody who will really make it into something.

The current mall owners don't care about this location and I've heard the mall manager is a dick that really doesn't care what happens to it. Honestly given the current rapidly declining pace of the mall, don't expect it to be open much longer. In five years time this mall will be gone.
Five Years

Waterloo, Canada

#13 Aug 31, 2010
I give it less than five years. Other areas(I.e. Kingsport pavilion) doing what Kingsport has promised for years.

Read this article:
http://www.gazette.net/stories/08192010/laurn...
well

Kingsport, TN

#14 Sep 1, 2010
The mall is decent. Currently, stores are moving in and out soley because the area that the food court will be in has very high rent rates. In order to get the money needed they have to raise the rent and try to bring in more businesses. I work in the mall and it is slow on my end. Maybe within a few more years (yes, projects like this take time) the food court will be finished. Only within the past year have they finally moved Belk Home out of the space needed. Patience is a good virtue to have. In the mean time I suggest stopping by The Ugly Cupcake. It is a nice start and will make a nice addition to the coming food court.
rosie

Kingsport, TN

#15 Sep 1, 2010
Five Years wrote:
I give it less than five years. Other areas(I.e. Kingsport pavilion) doing what Kingsport has promised for years.
Read this article:
http://www.gazette.net/stories/08192010/laurn...
It is extremely difficult to build a once thriving business back up once a recently built (by generous help from a multi-million dollar company) complex opens up. Store managers and the Kingsport Town Center owners are doing what they can to make the necessary changes to deal with loss of business. Unfortunately it is slow moving due to the loss of it's customer base. However, it is not only the fault of the mall itself. Majority of Kingsport has given up on it, creating the massive customer and revenue loss. Maybe if more people would just pop in and see what new stores are coming and the good stores still there, this process would move along alot faster. They are just trying to give the public what they want. They need help. People just need to realize that. The money just doesn't pop into thin air.
Sookiewants me

Newport, TN

#16 Dec 14, 2011
Kingsport Town Center wrote:
Have the Nicest theaters in Tri-Cities area.
they are not renewing their lease.
WTF

Jonesborough, TN

#17 Dec 15, 2011
It seems they can't even decide what to call it. Some signs say "Fort Henry Mall" and some say "Kingsport Town Center."

How much would it cost them to update this?
fan

Johnson City, TN

#18 Dec 15, 2011
Just hope Italian Village makes it!!!
Adam L

Scarborough, Canada

#19 Dec 11, 2012
Sad fact, but malls are dying everywhere. They're becoming a thing of the past. Revitalized downtowns, power (big box) centres, and new "outdoor" malls that look like old downtowns are dooming these shopping centres. Not only will this mall go the way of the Do-do bird, but so will its anchor tenants if they don't reinvent themselves -- Sears, Penney's and Belk are all in decline.
Cragg

Ringgold, GA

#20 Dec 11, 2012
Some rich person just needs to throw some money at it. For example, if they're going to call it a "town centre", they could make it look like one - brick walls, street lights, starry skies, statues, short little bridges...something. I guess I'm thinking too much like Epcot's unique environments but it doesn't have to be so expensive. It just needs someone with an imagination. It can't just be a building with stuff for sale in it. It needs uniqueness.
Big fat man

Cleveland, TN

#22 Dec 11, 2012
Cragg wrote:
Some rich person just needs to throw some money at it. For example, if they're going to call it a "town centre", they could make it look like one - brick walls, street lights, starry skies, statues, short little bridges...something. I guess I'm thinking too much like Epcot's unique environments but it doesn't have to be so expensive. It just needs someone with an imagination. It can't just be a building with stuff for sale in it. It needs uniqueness.
Can't do that at the mall. The group that owns the mall, do not own the property, they lease it. If you were a rich person would you throw 50 or 75 million to improve property that you don't own. Say you do put millions in to the mall, the risk is that one of the main renters goes out of business and who would go into the spot. Kingsport has a hard time fillin what they have, so the 50 million someone would spend would go to the interstate like the three projects who are also having a problem getting built. Even with the city giving almost a million dollars to the new theater in the mall they can't afford to get it built. The same thing that happened to the kingsport mall will happen to the Ft. Town Henry

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