Sep
10

Citadel Mall Faces Foreclosure

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Palmetto Moon gift and novelty retailer Bob Webster walks out of his Citadel Mall store and looks at all the shuttered shops near his business.

“It’s disheartening,” he said as one by one he counts nine gated-up storefronts in the vicinity of his retail outlet. “Maybe I need to move.”

Other empty shops pepper the 1.1-million-square-foot West Ashley shopping center in every wing while standalone kiosks sit empty. In two places, tubes collect water from leaking skylights and direct it toward plants below. Missing bathroom tiles, chipped flooring and leaks over the Food Court show signs of aging and the need for maintenance in the 32-year-old building.

With loads of empty space and non-anchoring tenants that draw limited foot traffic, the once-prominent shopping landmark now faces another problem.

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