Burlington’s downtown mall closes for good

Published: Feb. 15, 2022 at 10:39 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 16, 2022 at 6:04 AM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - It’s official, the Burlington Town Center Mall is closed.

Signs on the door now tell people to head elsewhere for public restrooms and around the corner for L.L. Bean.

The mall’s co-owner, Don Sinex, says the pandemic was the last straw for business. He says the mall has been losing money since 2019.

“There just haven’t been shops there for a while now, but it is sort of surprising with all the space they have in there,” said Peter Benjamin of Burlington,

With Starbucks moving out last October, L.L. Bean is the only store left. But even that won’t be for long because the outdoor store is moving to Williston.

While it’s not certain what will take its place, Burlington resident have a few ideas about what they’d like to see.

“Probably more local shops, not chain restaurants or stores,” Benjamin said. “That’s what was there last time and that didn’t work out.”

“It would be cool for more outdoors brands, clothing retail, but I think coffee and quick convenience food is desirable.,” Burlington resident Evan Jolley said.

Sinex says they’re working to figure out what’s next for the space. He says it will include the demolition of the current mall.

New construction will be phase two of the CityPlace development currently in the works.

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