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August 22nd, 2013Hobby Lobby to Come to Mall

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by Rick Hayes

Mt. Vernon, IL – A tenant has been found at Times Square Mall to fill the vacancy left by the closing of Sears.

Officials of Sansone Group, the mall owners, in cooperation with Pine Tree Commercial Realty announced on Wednesday the location of a Hobby Lobby store in the former Sears location. Hobby Lobby reportedly will be taking a portion of the former Sears space, according to a Facebook posting. A rumor has been prevalent for several months that Hobby Lobby would be locating in Mt. Vernon, although company officials would not confirm the reports.

“Kicking off with Hobby Lobby puts our leasing of the soon to be vacant areas of the center in fast gear,” stated Pine Tree Executive Vice President Bruce Boruszak. “We expect to announce additional major leases in the coming weeks.” Hobby Lobby is anticipated to be open here in the first quarter of 2014, he added.

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