There’s a new owner of the Enfield Square Mall and along with that comes big hopes for the mall’s future.
“What are they going to do? I hope they’re going to do something good,” said Mary Fitzpatrick of Springfield, Massachusetts.
The mall has suffered rounds of losses years, including big names like Macy’s and Sears.
“I hope they add more stores. There’s not a lot in this mall. I just come here for Target,” said Ashley Constantine of Enfield.
“Kind of like a ghost town compared to what it used to be. Absolutely,” said Lori Messina of Enfield.
We’re learning through town records that a Long Island-based company called Namdar Realty Group bought the mall for about $11 million.
The center had gone to auction after the previous owner was foreclosed upon.
“We’re obviously very excited in Enfield. The mall is a staple of Enfield. We take great pride as residents,” said Mayor Michael Ludwick of Enfield.
Ludwick is looking forward to working with the new owner.
“I think it would be great if we had some type of multi-site kind of development. But I don’t want to put any restrictions or scare anyone away. We’re willing to sit down with the developer,” said Mayor Ludwick.
According to Namdar’s website, it owns 228 properties across the country, including dozens of malls.
While shoppers still lament the loss of Macy’s, JCPenney and Sears, they are dreaming of what’s next.
“I am hoping some new stores come in because we want to build the town up. That would be good bringing the business back in,” said Lori Messina.
The mayor echoes that saying potential redevelopment here will hopefully boost the economy of the entire area.
NBC Connecticut reached out several times to the new owner to see what the plan might be for the mall but we have not yet heard back.