Local react to shopping center being closed

Published 03/23 2014 04:36PM

Updated 03/23 2014 04:40PM

On the corner of East 70th Street and Youree Drive one of Shreveport's most heavily traveled corridors passes in front of the Bayou Walk Shopping Center. It is prime commercial real estate but many of the businesses will soon have to close their doors because of structural concerns.

Engineers documented the issue in November but tenants of the shopping center's south side said they never heard anything back until an email from New York based Kimco Realty Company called them to a meeting on March 19th. At the meeting owners were told that because of safety concerns they would have to vacate by March 31st.


A statement from Kimco Realty Corp to NBC 6 states: "Due to a ground settling issue under the retail space in the southwest corner of Bayou Walk Shopping Center, the decision has been made to vacate and demolish these premises as soon as practicable to ensure the safety of our tenants and customers. We sincerely regret the disruption this will have on the retailers directly affected, and have offered to assist them in securing comparable locations in the immediate vicinity. There are no current plans to rebuild on the area in question. The remaining portion of the shopping center is expected to continue to operate normally."

Trudy Dion say "That short of time to put all your belongs together and all your property and leave. I mean most of them don't have a place to go."

Timothy Johnson says

"Now they have to find another prime property and they're probably going to have to over pay. They're not going to be paying what they were now they're overhead is less. It's going to impact their families. it impacts everybody.

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