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In Slidell, one mall trends down while a newer one soars

The parking lot of Northshore Square Mall shows the decline of the once-bustling shopping center.

“It's the first time I've been out here in a long time, but I do think it's going down,” says Betty Romig.

In the past year, Sears left, and customers say while they enjoy the retail that's still at the mall, it isn't enough.

“A lot has left and JC Penney is just hanging in there,” says Susan Lozier.

“The mall has been here since the early 80s, and it's had its life, so to speak. The council just introduced at the last meeting a new tax incentive district. That will add a half-cent sales tax here,” says Slidell Councilman Bill Borchert.

Borchert says there's an obvious decline in annual sales at the mall, but people are still shopping there.

“At one point, they had over $100 million in sales annuals, but now they're in the $60 to $70 million range, so $60 to $70 million in sales doesn't seem like it's dead to me,” says Borchert.

It's a different situation at the Fremaux Town Center.

“Some of the stores over there are new, and so people have this new place to go and check out,” says Borchert.

The next phase of Fremaux is being built, which will include Dillards, L.A. Fitness and other businesses. Since the shopping center opened, it has brought a two- to three-percent increase in overall sales tax revenues to Slidell.

“I think the stores over there are nice, plus it has easy access and I think the stores draw more shoppers,” Lozier says.

As Slidell shoppers enjoy what Fremaux has to offer, they're hoping the Northshore Mall will hang on.

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