This is "Actual Factual Gwinnett," a regular column in which I, Amanda Coyne, answer reader questions about Gwinnett happenings and history. Enjoy!
Reader Angeleana asks:
What's up with Gwinnett Place Mall? I've been hearing that it was closing down for years now but it's still there.
The Gwinnett Place Mall is still open for business, despite having multiple vacant stores. It was purchased in 2013 by Moonbeam Capital Investments, which also purchased several other malls across the country. Shortly before the mall was sold, Belk, an anchor tenant, closed at Gwinnett Place.
Moonbeam was expected to submit a re-development plan to the Gwinnett County Commission in early 2017, but that never happened. In May, Moobeam CEO Steve Maskin told the AJC’s Matt Kempner that the mall still had some “obstacles” to get over before a redevelopment plan could be put in place.
Maskin told Kempner he would like to cut down on retail space and add apartments, office space and “entertainment options.”
In July, business owners from the area surrounding Gwinnett Place Mall called for Moonbeam to be replaced as the mall’s owner. The vice chair of the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District, James Song, supported those comments.
But until redevelopment plans are made official, we’ll have to wait and see what happens with the Duluth mall.
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