Bealls Joining NY & Co. in Leaving Sikes Senter Mall

Bealls' Department store is joining New York & Co in leaving Sikes Senter Mall. Newschannel 6 received a statement from the mall about the closures today.

"It is typical to see some stores close and new stores open in a shopping center in the course of a year as leases expire. Sikes Senter occupancy is near 100%, the national average hovers around 91%. We continue to evaluate the market and are working with several local and national retailers to enhance the merchandise mix at Sikes Senter. We hope to have more announcements to make in the near future. But most recently, Justice is a new-to-the-market store that opened last spring. ITS Beauty Academy is under construction and will open in February. We are excited to announce the arrival of Zumiez, who will open its first store in the market this fall."

Newschannel 6 will follow word of any other possible closures. We'll have the latest on Newschannel 6 First at 5.