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South Kitsap Mall sold
The South Kitsap Mall is under new ownership.
After many years serving the shoppers of South Kitsap, Glennys Gehring has sold the South Kitsap Mall to the newly-formed South Kitsap Mall, Inc.
At least 30 mall merchants will meet the new owners for the first time Tuesday.
I think its going to be a refreshing change for Port Orchard, said Mike Brothers, owner of Walk n Comfort Shoes on the malls lower level.
Brothers said the new owners havent had much communication with the business owners yet, but he is confident any changes will be positive.
Anytime you get new ownership, its exciting because theres going to be change, Brothers said. Port Orchards my home. We want to stay here.
Were excited about the change, echoed Dede Teeters of Armchair Books. Theres a lot of new things coming down the pike.
I think it will be very positive, said Debby Dreher, one of the only tenants to have already met new owner Larry Li, a representative of South Kitsap Mall, Inc. They havent said too much.
Li declined comment on his newly acquired purchase.
Dreher is the president of South Kitsap Mall Merchants Association (SKMMA) and thinks Tuesdays meeting will provide the opportunity for merchants to have their questions answered.
When someone new takes over there are always concerns, Dreher said.
However, Brothers isnt worried.
Theres a lot of people that are going to be moving to the area in the next couple of years, Brothers said. This is going to be a key shopping destination. We need to find ways to invite customers in here.
Gehring could not be reached for comment.
She currently owns Elegant Home Decor, Armchair Books and Guthries Great Clothes and it is not clear whether she will sell the stores.
Gehrings son Rick acted as the malls property manager, and owns Bucks A&W restaurant located on the property.
Gehrings daughter manages Rochelles Fabrics in the mall.
Most business owners currently operate on a month-to-month lease.