Shopping center seeks new tenant

With Gordmans gone, the owners of the Glen Mayre Shopping Center in the town of Louisa must decide whether they want a traditional retailer to fill the space, or something else.

Anita John, managing partner for Glen Mayre Properties LLC, said a possible alternative is a distribution center. She said non-retail companies have lease the 14,000-square-foot space in the past.

“Our focus is on finding a long-term client for that space,” John said. “We don’t want to just fill it, we want the right tenant and to make sure it’s good for the town.”

Gordmans was the successor to Peebles, which had been in the space since 2009, and offered similar clothing items for sale. Though Gordmans declared bankruptcy in May, it was still possible the store would survive the recent economic downturn. 

But the store announced a going-out-of-business sale during the summer. Its last day of operation was Aug. 29. Ten employees were left without jobs.

John said the economic conditions make it more difficult, but her company would like to invest in “a more modern look and feel” for the shopping center.

John’s family has managed the shopping center since 1989, when it was purchased from the original owners.

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