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Retailers in Shreveport shopping mall must close for safety reasons

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Some of these Youree Drive shops have been told to close their doors by March 31. Some of these Youree Drive shops have been told to close their doors by March 31.
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Several business owners on Youree Drive were told to close their doors by the end of the month thanks to a ground settling problem.

Those businesses are located in the Bayou Walk Shopping Center at the corner of 70th Street. Kroger is located in that shopping center, but not expected to be affected.

Julie Cope, owner of Cactus Trading, a clothing store in that shopping center, said Kimco Realty contacted her and several of her business neighbors on Monday to tell them of plans to close the shops and demolish the buildings by March 31. They have no plans to rebuild.

"First of all it was shock," said Cope, who plans to remain in business and move her store to another location to be there for her loyal customers.

A communications firm in New York sent an email response from Kimco Realty, explaining that the closure is for public safety issues. It 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."

Cope is hoping that the realty company can help with the burdens the move will bring. A drop in dollars is at the top of her list.

"Well financial obviously because there will be loss of revenue with the shut-down of the store, with moving expenses," she said. "Reaction from customers was 'No, please no,'"she said. "We've been around for a long time."

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