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Management tries to revive Inlet Square Mall with new policies, events and business

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MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - One struggling area mall is taking steps to come back to life. Within the last few years, the Inlet Square Mall saw many key stores close down or move. Mall management is tasked with the burden of bringing the mall back to life, and said they’re doing everything they can to make that happen.

The mall offers a “ton of potential,” said shopper Pauline Baxmeyer. “I don't know why people aren't tapping into it."

"In this business, the deals take a long time and so we're out there in the marketplace doing a lot,” Inlet Square Mall General Manager Brooke Doswell said. “We don't have anything we can announce right now, but it will happen. It's just a matter of time."

And what Doswell said she's in the process of studying is what people want. "They want arts and craft stores,” she said. “So we've gone out to Hobby Lobby and we've gone out to Joanne Fabrics. They want stores that are well-priced with a lot of different goods."

"I wish more stores would come in here," Baxmeyer said.

"It's sad when you drive by,” shopper Penny Kessler agreed. “The parking lot is empty. Except for Planet Fitness or the movies." When Planet Fitness opened, it breathed new life in to the mall on the heels of the departures of Kmart, Stein Mart and JCPenny.

Changes are coming to the mall, starting with some new events and different mall policies.

"We're implementing parental escort program,” Doswell explained. “So that all children under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian after 8 p.m. every day.”

And this Saturday, Santa will come to town at the Children's Christmas Village Fair.

There will also be a "day full of ballet,” Doswell described. “Performances of the nutcracker. We've got petting zoos, pony rides, bounce houses, face painters, stilt walkers, characters from Pirates Voyage and Medieval Times."

Doswell said there will be at least 55 vendors, and the mall expects a thousand or so people to come out to the free event.

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