The community has watched the Foothills Mall grow since 1982, until business eventually started going down around 2016.
That’s when the developer Bourn Companies took over. Still, the business didnt pick up much after. In January 2023, the building for the mall closed.
In February, inside demolition started and just last week is when we started seeing demolition from the outside. The company will be demolishing 65% of the building, and repurposing the rest for a project. The details of that project have not been released, but a website is counting down the days until the release of the plan.
Local business Pappoules has been eager to see whats coming. Mike Cotsones opened the Foothills Mall location 18 years ago. At the beginning of the year, he reopened his restaurant after remodeling. He said business is better than ever and is optimistic that it will continue.
Were anticipating our business to increase 25-30 percent, which it has in the last 4 months that weve been open. We feel when the project is over and completed, well probably be 50% and above.
Hes got some pretty loyal customers, Rusty and Suzanne Green have been coming since it first opened 18 years ago.
Were here weekly or bi-weekly, thats how much we love this restaurant, said Suzanne Green.
Theyre excited to see how business grows.
I’m excited for Mike and Bee, well probably have trouble getting in the door, but well put up with it, said Rusty Green.
They expect not only the restaurant but the area to be busy as well.
I’m very excited. I think this is going to be a really good thing to happen to this area, said Suzanne Green.
In the meantime, several stores will still be open during construction.
-Barnes & Noble
-Bath & Body Works