At a time when many malls are struggling, even shutting down entirely, the Holyoke Mall is investing in the future. The area’s largest shopping mall is planning some remodeling, and welcoming new business.
Holyoke Mall has been filling shoppers needs for over four decades. Along with changing trends, many stores have come and gone, while others have been long term standbys. The mall has expanded since it first opened in 1979, bringing it to it’s current size of 1.6 million square feet.
Now, the Holyoke Mall is building on its years of serving the community, announcing upcoming renovations. Shoppers we spoke with said it’s good news and are happy about the changes.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said Mary Rojas. “I think that the more jobs that open up, the more people can come in. It just helps the revenue and it gives choices too, so I like that.”
Mall officials told Western Mass News more than 10% of the center’s square footage is set to be remodeled or renewed in the first quarter of this year. Construction on more than 56,000 square feet will range from store refreshes to new openings.
“It would be nice if they had more stores,” added Korza. “They used to appeal a lot more to different age groups, now I feel like it’s kind of teenage or a lot older. I would go there if they had, if it looked a little nicer and it had more stores.”
The mall also welcoming new businesses and eateries. In the past three months, five new tenants set up shop, including shoe stores, a jeweler, a candy shop and a restaurant.
New businesses at Holyoke Mall include:
A Sneaker City
Two additional food concepts will be coming:
Terra Nossa Brazilian Grill
Both set to open this spring.