HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Ever since it was announced Belk would be headed to Bridge Street Towne Center, the fate of Madison Square Mall has been in question.
A Save Madison Square Mall Facebook page has been created by some concerned citizens worried the 28-year-old mall is seeing its last days. However, Huntsville City leaders and mall officials say that simply is not the case.
The City has been working with the owners of Madison Square Mall for the past few years to come up with a plan for the shopping center’s future. While people seem to flock to Bridge Street and Parkway Place Mall, Mayor Tommy Battle says Madison Square Mall is too valuable for the city to just let go.
“That property is still ground zero for retail in Madison County,” said Battle. “It’s a great piece of property. It just has to be revitalized into something that really makes sense for the community.”
From wooing another big name retailer after Belk takes its leave, to remodeling the mall to fit with today’s current retail trends, the goal is to get more people through the doors.
“We’re looking at a lot of things that are people generators, which generate shoppers into the area. Whether it’s a hotel, an office building, or an educational facility tied to it. There have been a lot of different options looked at with this property,” said Battle.
The general manager of the mall did not want to speak on camera, but he did say the mall’s owners are dedicated to improvement.
Battle has full faith in the owners to get Madison Square Mall back to its former retail glory.
“They’re very savvy real estate people and when you have people who know what they`re doing in the retail market, they always seem to find an answer when it comes down to it,” said Battle.
Both battle and mall officials were vague about what specific shops they hope to lure to the shopping center because of what they call a highly competitive retail market.