What was once a thriving mall in Rutland will be closing its doors.
“This mall and malls across America in a similar demographic are struggling with the internet and retail transitioning with places like amazon we know that malls are struggling and unfortunately ours is no different,”
Josh Terenzini is the chairman of Rutland’s Select Board. He said he’s met with Zamias Services, the Pennsylvania based company that owns Diamond Run Mall in Rutland.
The group has said it has plans for re-development.
Local 22 and Local 44 did speak with CEO of Zamias services Joe Anthony, who said they are still notifying tenants. Anthony also said they cannot disclose an exact date or what is happening due to confidentiality agreements.
“We envision through plans with Zamias that it’s only going up they are going to repurpose it for multi-use retail and things like that and besides that the details are a little cloudy right now,” said Terenzini.
Some tenants admit that they are disappointed to hear the news. Meshach Tourigny is a business owner who is no stranger to the mall. He began working at his dad’s kiosks shortly after the mall opened.
“It’s the end of an era. I’ve seen so many people come and go through here. It’s sad to see a lot of friends and their businesses struggling and trying to figure out what to do next,” said Tourigny.
20 years later, Tourigny now owns his own store. He said he was already thinking about moving, and will now open up his shop downtown.
“Just the rumors and stuff lately we said alright we got to do it now. We are not waiting around to see what happens because nobodies telling us anything,” said Tourigny.
Long-time shoppers are sad to see the mall close.
“I love it because I can walk here especially in the inclement weather I came here all last winter until it got warm. I was planning to come here all this winter and i’m so disappointed that it’s going to close because I don’t know where i’m gonna walk.”
However, town officials say they have reason to remain optimistic.
“If a quarter of what happens here or a quarter of the plans that Zamias has said happen here, then it’s going to be one of the greatest things that’s happened to Rutland in a long time.” Said Tourigny.