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Four stores recently closed up shop – or are about to.

  • Clarks Shoes closed its store on the mall’s lower level near JCPenney. It stood open for just a few years.
  • The Art of Shaving shut down its location next to the Apple store earlier this summer.
  • Dadu Bridal, which operates a large space near Macy’s is in the process of closing.
  • Chess Cafe, which just opened this spring, already closed up shop.

But the mall will add two more previously unreported businesses to the mix.

PlayJoy x Ellis Amusement opened an arcade in a 2,259 square foot space on the upper level not too far from the food court. It brings an arcade back to the mall after the closure of Tilt more than a decade ago.

The mall will also add an escape room concept in coming months. These are popping up all over the area. The basic concept: you and a group of friends get ‘locked’ in a room, and must use clues and logic to get out.

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The latest, Escape the Room will open between Macy’s and Lane Bryant on the ground floor. The company calls itself the “premier live game and entertainment company” in the US – and hosts locations in a variety of mostly large cities.

By our count, the mall currently has roughly 22 vacant spaces – including the large Sears anchor building. As currently configured, the mall can host about 130 tenants in its main building.

Last month, BoiseDev reported Sbarro would open a pizza shop in the mall’s food court.

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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