West Oaks Mall owners hope to fill vacancies with non-traditional businesses
Numerous stores have closed at the West Oaks Mall in Ocoee, but new designs from the property’s owners show they are hoping to fill the open units with businesses that are not normally found in a mall.
The mall’s owners gave up on trying to fill the property with large retailers because they say more people are shopping online.
Instead, where stores like Sears and Belk used to be, they are creating offices for Bed, Bath and Beyond’s call center.
Some of West Oaks Mall’s space is already taken up by the Sunpass call center.
Gametime Entertainment is also planning to move into the mall and while specifics were not immediately available, the business’ other locations in the state have amenities like restaurants, bars, arcades, bowling alleys and rides.
Nearby small business owner Joseph Bates is hopeful the mall’s revitalization will mean a boost in business for his restaurant.
Bates opened New England Seafood and Steakhouse three years ago in Winter Garden but has since outgrown the location, prompting him to open the location near West Oaks Mall.
“It just seemed like a really good time to come into this area because we know it’s being revitalized, so I felt it was a really good opportunity to get in here in the beginning and be part of that process,” he said.
The next two phases of the mall’s revitalization call for bringing other non-traditional tenants into the property, such as karate studios, medical offices, residential units and an open-air plaza with dining.
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