Southgate mall gets 2 new stores

October 10, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two new tenants are opening for business at Southgate Shopping Center next month and negotiations are under way to fill three other vacancies soon, said Joe Deerin Jr., president of LMS Commercial Real Estate, a Lancaster, Pa., firm contracted last month to do the leasing at Southgate.

Rent-A-Vision, a rent-to-own business that recently opened a store on Main Street in Waynesboro, Pa., and Pets Are Us, are scheduled to open Nov. 1, Deerin said.

"It's a step in the right direction," he said. "We're actively and aggressively contacting other retailers to fill Southgate."

Though he would not reveal the names of the other potential businesses, Deerin said a health club operator, a national video chain and a large retail company have shown interest in the mall in downtown Chambersburg.


In the past year, four businesses closed or moved from Southgate, including J.C. Penney, Payless Shoesource, Piece Goods and most recently, Video Den.

"We've weathered some rough times over the years," said Anne Foreman, manager of Record City and secretary of the Southgate Merchants Association.

She said the shopping center has a stigma attached to it because of its location, despite its reputation for being a clean, well-maintained mall.

The Southgate merchants are hoping the new tenants will bring more families to the mall, Foreman said.

"We're very happy to see the new tenants come in," she said.

When Penney's closed in February to move to the Chambersburg Mall, Foreman said the traffic noticeably decreased and some stores had to make changes to keep their customer base.

At Record City, established at Southgate 19 years ago, Foreman said a coffee shop was placed in front of the store and a video section was added in the back to help make up for the loss of the other businesses.

"It's just a matter of time until we're completely full again," she said.

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