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Business owners react to Shore Mall closings

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EGG HARBOR TWP. -

Dark windows, chained up shops, and little to no foot-traffic is the sad reality facing business owners in their final days of operation at the Shore Mall.

Many of the mall's tenants have until January 31st to pack up their stores and either relocate or be forced out of business.

For Jacob Muntazar and his computer repair kiosk, the shut down couldn't come at a worse time.

"Our business has started building up. It takes time for business to build up and we were getting regular customers and we are getting regular customers and we have to now of course advice them what's our next step," said Muntazar.

Further down the bare corridors of the mall, Beachcomber Coins is one of the businesses lucky enough to have secured a new property.

"Up to the very last we held out that we would be offered some small space in the front of the mall that is not due to be redeveloped. That didn't materialize, fortunately, we've taken advantage of a property down the road," said Beachcomber Coins president Douglas Keefe.

The 10,000 square foot business will be moving into a 1,600 square foot property on the Black Horse Pike.

Having been in the Shore Mall since 1974, Keefe says Beachcomber Coins is the oldest store in the mall.

As the calendar moves closer to the January 31st shut down and the February 1st re-opening of Beachcomber Coins, Keefe is left with the memories of the mall he has seen through good times and bad.

"Having been here 38 years it's like a home. You know your people, you know your employees, you know your customers. I'm dealing with third generation of a customer. When I opened this was a child coming in now it's a grandfather bringing his grandchildren in," said Keefe.

 "So its been like a family situation."

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