Normandale Mall Set For Update
Normandale Mall was once the place for shoppers to be in Montgomery.
But over the years, the shopping center has decayed and most businesses have left.
Will the mall finally get some changes?
The owner of the normandale shopping center says the key to bringing business back is filling this space which used to be Loveman's. But he says that's not the only development that he's working on.
Back when it was built in 1954, Normandale was the place to be. Kids would line up to see santa in the Loveman's department store.
Now, there are lots of empty spaces in the old mall.
But owner Jim Shirian, who lives in California, says that he's kicked off a new plan that starts with the backside of the property.
"We have just got the permits and plans in order to bring the housing back there. Of course with having housing we will be putting more money and investing more in the area," said Shirian.
He says the property has seen a lot of clean up and repairs over the last few months. The next big project is fixing the old Loveman's building and restoring the glass windows out front.
But business owners like Ariya Tjea say business has been going well. Tjea has even been expanding his coin laundry.
"Business has been really good. I think we've picked up some good business lately. In this part of the shopping center it looks like we have a lot of improvement," said Tjea.
The coin laundry is right next to the largest store on the property, Mega Meats, which says it's seen more customers coming through its doors.. One of the store's managers says that the area is just misunderstood.
"I've never felt uncomfortable. I've never felt unsafe. My kids, they run around, have a good time. The customers are always excited to see the kids," said Tina Morrison.
There will be a new manager for the site who will start later this month. And that's when the owner says we can expect to see some big changes.