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Circle Centre Mall going through changes

Posted at 7:08 PM, Jan 27, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- Johnny Rockets, Yankee Candle, American Greeting and Gap are just some of the stores leaving Circle Centre Mall, which once stood as the centerpiece of downtown retail. 

For some shoppers, the retail departures are concerning, but Downtown Indy Incorporated says Circle Centre Mall is developing a plan to reinvent itself. 

"You are going to see a lot more restaurants, Simon is working on that," Catherine Esselman said. 

One of the changes could be a $20 million proposal proposed facelift at the mall, which includes refreshed entrances, new signage at the parking garages and new bathrooms.

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But make no mistake, shoppers have duly noted the retail defections. 

"It kind of makes you wonder why everyone is pulling out. There are variables involved. It is a little concerning," Jeff McGuiness said. 

"Johnny Rockets closed, too, big store in there," Pam Barker said. 

Simon Property Group Inc. owns about 15 percent of the mall and manages it. Spokesman Les Morris said there is a lot of interest in Circle Centre Mall and that they have tenants and restaurants that are interested in filling the space they have to lease.

Shoppers are also very concerned about security at the mall. 

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