COVID-19 and the retail industry’s change to serving consumers on the web has sent some well known brands out of Eastridge Mall in Gastonia, but locally-owned businesses are not automatically fleeing the shopping centre. 

Eastridge Mall has dropped major names in current several years, these kinds of as Victoria’s Top secret, New York and Co. Some merchants just did not reopen or renew a lease with the mall after major shutdowns of the COVID-19 pandemic concluded.  

Some nationwide retailers, together with Belk, American Eagle Outfitters, Bath and Overall body Operates, Journeys, and some others continue to be at the shopping mall. 

Nonetheless, Eastridge Mall proceeds to be a put of commerce – primarily for area business people, who perceive the shopping mall as a fantastic prospect to keep their enterprise. 

Woo’s Too Boutique 

Kristy Granados is not a stranger to the shopping mall, nor operating a business that sells popular manufacturers.  

Inside Woo’s Too Boutique Thursday morning, July 22, 2021, at the Eastridge Mall.

Granados moved her enterprise, Woo’s Way too Boutique, into the mall nearly five years in the past, selling screen-printed shirts from brand names like Greensboro-based mostly Only Southern. 

“We concentrate on the southern vibe on monitor-printed clothing,” Granados reported Thursday early morning, just in advance of acquiring 800 pounds of Simply Southern solutions.  

At present, Woo’s Too operates in a narrow, 1,200 square-foot spot on the top level of the shopping mall, which a lot of might keep in mind as the previous Issues Remembered keep. But Granados options to move into the 3,800-sq.-feet space following door, previously occupied by El Catrin Western Don, which moved somewhere else in the shopping mall.

Kristy Granados, owner of Woo’s Too Boutique, stands inside the expansion of her store Thursday morning, July 22, 2021, at the Eastridge Mall.

“We are tripling space,” said Granados, who programs to provide back some other Gaston County favorites like Southern Couture and Sassy Frass, as effectively as add some new goods, on the transfer up coming door.  

She also plans to designate a person part of the retail store to fashionable, 1-time designs. 

“Stuff will arrive in and it’ll be a 1-time operate,” she said. “That aspect will continuously change.”  

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