Two More Stores Closing At Mall At Steamtown

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SCRANTON -- The news gets worse for the Mall at Steamtown in downtown Scranton.

In what should be the busiest time of year for the mall comes word that two more stores will be gone by the end of the week.

Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch close at the end of business on Saturday giving shoppers fewer options, and fewer reasons to come to an already struggling mall.

Photos from the Mall at Steamtown's website show the soon to be closed Abercrombie & Fitch, and Hollister stores. Both sell clothing and both will be gone at the close of business Saturday.

Shoppers not surprised the mall will have two more empty stores. Some think the end may be near.

"They really don't have nothing. I think they're going to be closing, eventually," said Sharlene Peck of Scranton.

The big draw remaining is the one and only department store  Boscov's. Even that may no longer be enough.

"With two other stores closing, it's not going to be the way it's going to be. We're not going to have anything here to go over to," said Debbie Giovanelli of Plains Township.

The mall manager declined to allow us inside to take pictures. Zamais, the sales and marketing agent for the Mall at Steamtown, says with the two new vacancies, the mall is now about 75 percent vacant.

The Bon-Ton space is still empty. It's been that way for months.

The mall was sold at a sheriff's sale over the summer.   Department store owner Al Boscov said back then they were negotiating to find new tenants to revitalize this 21-year-old shopping center.

Shopper Charles Miller was happy then and he's happy now.

"I come here because it's fun. When I was younger, I used to come here. Going to all the stores was wonderful and great. It was a blast, frankly, and I still like doing it."

The closing of Abercrombie & Fitch, and Hollister leave 25 full and part-time employees out of work.

There was no response from the company that owns the two stores.

14 comments

  • jake

    These retail hogs have had their day. They have ripped people off charging quadruple for decades. Most people are shopping online and getting much better deals. The mall hogs are another one. The rent they charge businesses is ridiculous. YOU NEED A NEW BUSINESS PLAN to compete with the internet. Period. Got to be well-priced, efficient and these malls have to work with companies so they can afford the leases and not have such an immense overhead. If not, then they will all go bankrupt.
    Blockbuster video should have taught these people a lesson. The business people of today are atrocious. No new ideas.

  • bobc74

    Whatever happened to “we will be announcing a new tenant for the former Bon-Ton space that will be a unique retailer to our area” quote from late 2013. That announcement was supposed to take place “shortly after New Year’s 2014”.

  • Franko

    The problem is that for a mall that was placed in a lower income city within a short distant from the poor sections of town, it was stupid for them to even have high scale high priced stores trying to sell things like $100 jeans to people who on average make $64 to $80 a day ($320 to $400 a week) at work…
    The mall lost it’s luster within 5 years of opening. Most malls are not located in the inner city area and those that are are the ones most likely to fail. Then you ad in the fact that most malls “redo” themselves within 20 years and this mall is long overdue, as well as stores as Boscov’s, for a store makeover so it doesn’t look dated.

  • Chris

    There were only two stores there that anyone I know would shop at anyway. Boscov’s and Bon-ton, and Bon-ton was only affordable during sales. Not surprised the mall is fading away. No one I know, as a west scranton local, shops downtown except for Boscov’s.

  • jessica

    The manager didnt allow news crew inside to take pics? Thats just silly because any shopper with an iphone can go in there and snap pics. Its not like people havent seen the inside of the mall recently to know its a ghost town!

  • Joe Jablonski

    Scranton and Wilkes Barre: you reap what you sow when you allow the money grubbers to run your cities, let their friends get all the contracts, and looking for greased pockets all the time. What has Mayor Leighton done for Wilkes Barre? And Scranton has been financially distressed for 20+ years? If you can’t fix a budget in 20 years time to take out the TRASH!

  • The Other Tom

    Why not just get right to the end of this epic saga and rename it “Al Boscov’s Excellent Adventure. “The largest department store in the world. Why, it’s the size of an entire mall!!!

  • Greg B.

    “With two other stores closing, it’s not going to be the way it’s going to be. ” Excuse me, but WHAT is that supposed to mean? Does anyone actually READ these articles before they submit them? Sigh…

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