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In brief: Harrisburg Mall owners hold demolition ceremony

By , - Last modified: July 20, 2012 at 9:16 AM

The new owners of the Harrisburg Mall held a demolition ceremony July 16 to mark the first phase of a long-term revitalization project.

Maryland-based St. John Properties Inc. and Petrie Ross Ventures acquired the mall in June for $9.5 million. They are tearing down an unfinished sports bar at the Swatara Township site.

The arcade-themed sports bar 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.

"Today is the first step in a very long process in turning the mall into a better place," said Gerard Wit, St. John's senior vice president of marketing.

The new owners said they are dedicated to repositioning the mall as a premier destination. Opened in 1969, Harrisburg Mall was about 70 percent leased when it was purchased.

Future plans include investments in updated signage, improving mall access and stronger marketing to attract more national retailers, Wit said.

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