Two mall stores close
The retail industry, shopping malls in particular, have economically suffered since the pandemic forced closures. Even though Lycoming Mall reopened in May, at least two stores have permanently closed.
Gone from its kiosk setting near the merry-go-round, Piercing Pagoda had been at the mall for 42 years, since the mall opened in 1978. A bare spot now remains in the middle of the mall floor.
In June, mall shoppers found out that Victoria’s Secret also was permanently shuttered, the lettering on the front of the store removed and tarps darkening the display windows.
When the mall first reopened on June 5, the Shoe Dept., Dino’s Pizza-teria, Brookside Homes, American Eagle Outfitters, Europe Nails, Footlocker, Kids Footlocker, Old Navy, and Auntie Anne’s were among the first stores to open.
In the following weeks, Amy’s Hallmark, $.99 Plus, Spencer’s, Claire’s, Rue 21, Maurice’s, Christopher & Banks, Arby’s, and Brennan’s Coffee and Deli reopened. Children’s clothing retailer Justice opened in the past week, as well as Gertrude Hawk.
Stores with outside entrances were permitted to open in May, when Lycoming County went into the state’s “yellow” reopening which allowed some non-essential businesses to re-establish business. Dick’s Sporting Goods, Burlington Coat Factory, and Books-A-Million were among those stores with exterior entrances that reopened.