HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Several stores at a Henrico County mall have left over the past few years, leading to questions about its future.
Owners of Regency Square Mall said it’s competing with online retailers and other malls, such as Stony Point Fashion Park and Short Pump.
Shoppers remember a time when the mall garnered more attention.
“It was more lively and more people used to walk around the mall,” shopper Pope Bland said.
“Parking lot was always crowded,” said shopper Pamela Jean Martin. “It was a whole lot of good stores that left, that they used to have out here.”The Macy’s has been vacant since March 2016.
Martin told 8News that there’s not really anything attracting shoppers to the area.
“They don’t have as many of these little stores left,” Martin told 8News.
Construction nearby signal efforts to revitalize Regency Square Mall.
Steve Bonniville, general manager of Regency Square Mall, said nowadays it’s about bringing in attractions people may not be used to seeing.
“Regency still has a great place in the market and we’re looking to continue to be a player amongst all the others,” Bonniville told 8News.
“We’re looking for Regency to be a place that embraces the retail world, as well as entertainment, restaurants, other venues of that nature,” Bonniville said.
New restaurants just opened up this past fall. A Bettermed Urgent Care Center and a Panera Bread are also in the works for the area.
“A year to five years,” Bonniville said, “you will not recognize Regency, plain and simple.”