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Harrisburg Mall owners plan demo of unfinished section

By - Last modified: July 5, 2012 at 10:54 AM

The new owners of Harrisburg Mall are planning a July 16 demolition of an unfinished sports bar at the Swatara Township site, according to Baltimore-based St. John Properties Inc.

Last month, St. John and Petrie Ross Ventures, also based in Maryland, acquired the Paxton Street mall for $9.5 million. The mall had been bank owned for about three years after its previous owner — New York-based Feldman Lubert Adler Harrisburg LP — went into foreclosure.

The arcade-themed sports bar, which was to be called Sega World Sports Grille, was scrapped mid-build. Barnes & Noble also pulled out of the mall during construction of a 30,000-square-foot bookstore, and plans for a Panera Bread restaurant were abandoned.

The demolition is the first phase of major improvements planned at the 1-million-square-foot mall, the owners said.

Future plans include investments in updated signage, improving mall access and stronger marketing to attract more national retailers, said Jerry Wit, senior vice president of marketing for St. John.