Temporary tenants part of long-term Northway plans
Developers of the Shoppes at Northway say temporary tenants and events at the mall all are part of a larger plan that will bring long-term tenants to the struggling shopping center.
Gun shows, a diaper derby, a thrift store and a large tent selling surface rugs in what was once the Borders parking lot have drawn shoppers to the near empty-walkways of Northway for the past several months, which Gary O'Nesti, special projects manager for Levey & Co., which owns the mall, said keeps the name “Northway” from fading away.
The mall, built in 1962, has seen a steady decline in tenants in the past decade and has switched ownership several times.
Most recently Levey & Co., based in Akron, Ohio, acquired the Shoppes at Northway, once called the Northway Mall, for $12 million in November 2012 and announced plans to recruit larger retail stores and revitalize the mall.
“When we initially made this presentation, we said we're going to accommodate temporary tenants and hold temporary shows,” O'Nesti said. “We're in the process of putting together a larger plan.”
No major tenants have been announced, though, O'Nesti said, he expects to have news in the coming months.
In February, Levey reported that 43 percent of the leasable space was occupied. Longtime mall anchor Dick's Sporting Goods left Northway last month and moved further north on McKnight Road to McCandless Crossing.
Northway Dollar also plans to leave the mall in the coming months, according to the owners.
In December, Repurposed, a thrift and consignment store run by a local nonprofit organization opened at the mall, and store manager Autumn Bullion said the store's lease terms are month by month and might change as the mall is redeveloped.
“We don't know how long we'll be here because no one is really sure what's going on with the mall,” Bullion said.
She said the mall has been a good spot for the store business and that the events, especially the gun shows, have drawn large crowds.
Repurposed benefits Living in Liberty, which assists women and children who are victims of human trafficking, and is closed on Sundays because of its religious affiliation.
The annual used-book sale benefiting Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry, an event that has been a fixture at the mall for years, is from June 7 to 12.
Tom Krohe of Cranberry Township and several friends occasionally use the tables on the second floor of Northway as a quiet place to play cards.
“We're just hoping we get some stores in here,” he said.
Kelsey Shea is a staff writer at Trib Total Media. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 724-772-6353.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Tavern Night planned at Depreciation Lands Museum in Hampton
- Program in Pine to offer advice on living with celiac disease
- Expired, unwanted medications to be collected at Shaler North Hills Library
- Fall Classic in North Park to help children in Philippines orphanage
- Hartwood Acres gift shop expands
- Hampton turning lane work halts access to Route 8 from Duncan Avenue
- Ride for Ryan to raise funds for beating victim in minimally conscious state