Peebles pulls out of Northland Mall

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WORTHINGTON – Customers looking for a bargain were flocking to Peebles at Northland Mall Monday as word got out that everything was on clearance.

Peebles is the latest store to pull out of the troubled mall. Signs on the front of the building state the store is closing and everything must go. According to a sales associate, Peebles employees were informed last week that the store was closing, and clearance sales began Saturday. The store is expected to be out of the mall by the end of the month.

A call to the Stage Store Inc offices, the corporate office of Peebles, was not returned Monday afternoon.

In late June, the city of Worthington was granted the right in Nobles County District Court to demolish the old K-Mart portion of the Northland Mall. Judge Gordon Moore stated during the hearing the mall seems to have essentially been abandoned. Northland Mall Realty, owned by Mike Kohan, can demolish the building itself if they respond before Friday. To do so, a bond of just under $380,000 would have to be paid and the building would have to come down before Aug. 14. If no one from Northland Mall responds by July 11, the city can go forth with plans to demolish the building.

Wenzel Engineering submitted its final structural report on the former K-Mart building on May 29. The report estimated the cost to renovate the space to a functional retail space at almost $3.5 million, while demolition would cost approximately $253,000.

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Too sad. I hope that they can recover and get back in business. - BannersBroker

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