Just about anywhere you go, long-time residents of Tallahassee say the same thing about The Tallahassee Mall; it's just not what it used to be.
"I've been here for four years now and I've seen it on the tail end of its downslide. It's sad," said Tallahassee Resident, Madeline Lessirard.
Several stores have closed over the years and now there's one more adding to that list. The Chick-fil-A located near the food court inside the Tallahassee Mall will serve customers for the last time on March 26th.
The Mall manager did not wish to speak on camera but did confirm that the restaurant will not renew its contract at the end of the month.
"With Chick-fil-A closing, it might be one of the last strongholds that the Tallahassee Mall has," said Lucas Parsons, a Tallahassee resident.
A WCTV viewer contacted us saying several people in the community suspect that rent is going up, causing many vendors to close up shop.
The Mall Manager would not release information about rent, citing confidentiality. In fact, he says he hasn't even heard that and dismissed suggested rent hike as a rumor.
Despite the mall's mounting troubles residents feel the answer is quite simple; follow the trends of larger, more metropolitan cities.
"In Jacksonville there's one of those little outside malls, you know," said Parsons.
"I think they should try to make it an outlet mall to be honest, because it's so close to the highway it seems like it makes sense," said Lessirard.
Either way, the community says something needs happen and it needs to happen soon.
Eyewitness News went to several other stores to ask if their rent was going up. They all said they haven't received any notice about an increase in rates.
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