In the wake of news that Findlay’s Sears Roebuck and Co. store is closing, most of its neighbors interviewed Wednesday are worried about the future of Findlay Village Mall.
They have seen smaller stores come and go and vacant storefronts multiply. Now one of the anchors will be leaving.
“It’s going to affect the mall … It’s got to affect the mall,” said a store manager who spoke on condition of anonymity. “The mall’s dying anyways. Have you looked?”
Others, like Maurices Store Manager Dara Allsup, shrugged off the news of the coming Sears departure.
“It just makes room for bigger, better. Maybe we can attract … a bigger T.J. Maxx, or perhaps a Target or something else. Old Navy,” she said. “I don’t think it’s necessarily a negative. I think it’s, ‘Move over and let someone else come in, a bigger dog, somebody else that’s more competitive.’ It could happen.”