Final Montgomery Mall store to close its doors

By Cody Holyoke - bio | email

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- For some shoppers, this was a chance to take advantage of some last minute sales.

But for Steve and Barry's at Montgomery Mall, those last minutes were counting down.

The only store left in the building is on it's way out because of the parent company's financial trouble.

Bankruptcy forced corporate leaders to close more than 100 stores across the country.

"Our new business plan is to go forward with our most profitable stores and our most productive stores," explained a company spokesperson

What happens now?

The new owners of the mall want to make it a multi-purpose facility, potentially bringing office space and retail opportunities to the empty building.

That's something the city welcomes with open arms.

"We have worked to put a strategic development plan together to look at this area as a whole," explained Jeff Downes, the mayor's executive assistant.

Other residents have their own ideas--trying to make the best of the situation.

"There's enough space to put a police department..maybe additional schooling for the children," suggested Francoies Morman, a Montgomery resident.

With the Montgomery Mall about to become vacant, the city and residents are hoping for some type of solution to come soon.

"It's going to be the private sector that has to resurrect the mall into whatever its future is," Downes explained.

In the meantime, shoppers and residents will watch as the shopping center shuts its doors for the last time.

"It's sad to see this big mall disintegrate into nothing," one shopper exclaimed.

Steve and Barry's Montgomery location will close Monday, September 22nd at 7:00PM.  Stores in Birmingham and Opelika will also close.