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January 5th, 2010Mall uses teamwork to thrive

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Reporter Leigh Kelley recently interviewed Lisa Brown, Operations/Marketing Manager for the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville, about the mall.

The 306,000 square-foot facility has been in operation since 1983. Belk, JCPenney and Kmart are anchor stores.

2009 was a tough year for retail. How’s the mall doing these days?

“We are holding our own considering the tough economic times right now. We have 28 tenants and we are at an occupancy rate of between 80-85 percent.

HullStoreyGibson Companies (mall owner) is very hands-on and the company’s leasing agents are working very aggressively to attract new tenants and get new businesses interested in coming to the mall.”

Many malls across America are closing their doors. How can malls survive in this economy?

“It must be a team effort. I work very closely with my tenants and they know my door is always open to discuss any problems or issues. HullStoreyGibson works very closely with us as well, so I think a team effort and a close working relationship with the corporation is the key to success for a mall, especially in this economy.

We are always striving to bring a diverse mix of national ‘A-list’ stores to the mall as well as smaller local businesses who are looking for a good space to do business. We’re interested in anyone who wants to come here.

We have ample parking and we are in a prime location. We have a good team here. I am very thankful for the support of the tenants, the vendors and the community.”

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