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Aug
21

Future Plans for Columbia’s Richland Mall?

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David Martin grew up in Forest Acres and knew what Richland Mall meant to the community.

So when the opportunity came up for Martin, owner of Tronco’s Catering and Special Events, to move his business into the mall, he “jumped at the chance.”

Local ownership of the mall at the corner of Forest Drive and Beltline Boulevard was key to his decision to open Sadie’s American Cafeteria in May and co-locate his catering business, Martin said.

“They’re really all about the mall and the community,” Martin said of the mall’s owner, Century Capital Group. “This is a family business, and we’re joining another family at Richland Mall. It just feels good. It feels right.”

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Jul
11

Columbia’s Richland Mall Still Chasing Anchor Tenants

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The owners of Richland Mall brought hope to Forest Acres residents when they bought the struggling retail center in February 2010.

But nearly a year and a half later, the 700,000-square-foot mall – with large, dark stretches and sometimes, it seems, more mall walkers than shoppers – looks largely unchanged. And a major prospect for the mall, natural and organic grocer Whole Foods, recently chose another nearby site to enter the Columbia market.

That has left some people questioning whether the group of local owners will be able to turn around the retail center, which sits in one of the most affluent areas of the state at the corner of Forest Drive and Beltline Boulevard.

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