It won’t be easy. The pandemic has pummeled shopping malls, as shoppers stay home and buy goods online.

North Point Mall in Alpharetta was taken over by its lender this year. The owner of Mall at Stonecrest near Lithonia fell behind on loan payments last year.

Town Center’s Sears, one of its original tenants from 1986, closed last year. Its three remaining anchor tenants — Macy’s, JCPenney and Belk — have either closed stores in other parts of the country or filed for bankruptcy. Town Center reduced its operating hours last year, though that was partly to help tenants cut expenses, Moore said.

02/17/2021 —Kennesaw, Georgia — The exterior of the Town Center at Cobb Shopping Mall in Kennesaw ,Wednesday, February 17, 2021. (Alyssa Pointer / Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com)

02/17/2021 —Kennesaw, Georgia — The exterior of the Town Center at Cobb Shopping Mall in Kennesaw ,Wednesday, February 17, 2021. (Alyssa Pointer / Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com)

Credit: Alyssa Pointer / Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com

Credit: Alyssa Pointer / Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com

Moore said she and CBRE are trying to turn things around. She said she’s talking to potential tenants.

A Taco Bell will open soon at the mall’s food court, and Kokee Tea will move into the former Teavana location. Moore said she’s accepting suggestions for other new stores.

Moore declined to provide figures on the mall’s revenue or average daily foot traffic, but she said foot traffic has been improving steadily.

A COVID-19 testing facility in the mall’s parking lot helps drive foot traffic, and a coronavirus vaccine center may open inside the mall this year, she added.

Moore plans to schedule more events like an upcoming car show and the Center for Family Resources’ Parade of Playhouses, which raises money for homeless families.

There’s also the Easter Bunny, whose 2020 appearance was canceled due to COVID-19. Moore hopes this year’s visit will show the community that Town Center is still alive and kicking.

“We are working to move forward and elevate the property as quickly as we can,” she said.



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