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Township Officials discuss plan to demolish Shore Mall

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EGG HARBOR TWP. -

It was recently decided by the owners of the Shore Mall, that parts of the over 40 year old establishment would be demolished.

Current business owners are searching for answers about when they will be forced to vacate the mall, and are not happy about having to do so.

"We don't know where we are going or what we are doing. They kept us in the dark."

Connie Ross O'Sullivan is one of the many people who have called the Shore Mall home to their business for years.

She says the mall has not been providing any information to the businesses on when they have to leave, which could be sooner than expected.

"Boscov's is staying, Burlington is staying. We have to go. They told us they are just going to demolish the mall. I don't know how they can do that after all these years," said Professional Hair Design employee, Connie Ross O'Sullivan.

It was recently decided by the Shore Mall owners, Cedar Realty that 1/3 of the mall would be demolished.

Detached buildings such as Burlington Coat Factory and Boscov's will remain, however everyone inside of the over 40 year old building is counting down the days until they are on the streets.

"It's difficult. I would have preferred to stay forever. I'm not ready to retire. I enjoy the business I have. I enjoy the people I deal with. I have good employees. I would prefer to stay here," said President of Beachcomber Collectibles, Douglas Keefe.

Douglas Keefe says he is already preparing for the pending shut down, and has rented a new property to reopen his store.

He says that the mall owners are demolishing the building to make the lot more appealing to sell, as well as save on taxes.

"When they demolish it, that means there are no buildings, and you cant tax them. I'm disappointed that they are going in this direction, but it is a business decision that is made by the ownership of the Shore Mall," said Egg Harbor Township Mayor, James McCullough.

Depending on what the board decides demolition will begin after the New Year.

NBC 40 reached out to Cedar Realty for comment. They did not return any calls.

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