Big changes are taking place at one southeast Iowa shopping center.
At a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, the City of Ottumwa officially welcomed the new owners and management group of the Quincy Place Mall.
â??I think this goes right along with where Ottumwa is going. I think it is just parallel. I think it is an indication of where Ottumwa is, and where we are going,â?? said Terry McNitt, Executive Director of the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce.
For years, the facility has seen tenants come and go, but that is all about to change. In the past few months, Lexington Realty International took over the management of the facility. Lexington currently oversees many shopping centers throughout the Midwest, turning them from struggling shopping centers into thriving destinations.
â??We know the tenants who want to be in this area. We have reached out to those tenants and hopefully we will be going towards lease signing with those tenants shortly,â?? said Alan Retkinski, President of Lexington Realty International.
â??The Quincy Place Mall really strives to be that hub and that place and destination for all of our community and outside communities to get every need that they can ever wish for,â?? said Staci Shettler, Manager of The Quincy Place Mall.
The new management group wants to make the Quincy Place Mall a family destination, welcoming families from all over the region.
â??If you are a family destination, everybody comes. If everybody comes, we are all together and the children are shopping, the husbands are shopping, the wives are shopping, everyone is there to shop. What ends up happening is it becomes the nerve center, the entire mall is what becomes a family destination,â?? said Retkinski.
And for those who havenâ??t been back to the mall in awhile, Retkinski had one message.
â??I like to thank the Ottumwa community for welcoming us, and I like to go ahead and let everyone know, come back to the mall. Great things are happening,â?? said Retkinski.