Extreme Makeover: Mall Edition

By: Damon Dillman
By: Damon Dillman

None of the businesses are changing at a neighborhood shopping center in Staunton. It's the building itself.

The owners of Terry Court, at the city's northern end, are preparing for the mall's first significant renovation. It was originally built in three phases during the 1950s.

The makeover will include new signs, a new sidewalk, and a new roof above the walkway. And tenants are looking forward to the more modern look.

"It's gonna make more of a draw to the area, to this side of town," said Malika Showalter, owner of The Pet Village, which relocated to the mall in April. "It's gonna give us more exposure, so people are more inclined to come see us."

"Oh, it's gonna be great," agreed Simon Knott, whose business, Knott Industries, has been a part of Terry Court for almost 30 years. "It'll bring in, probably some higher class businesses around here, and it looks good.

"It's gonna be a great asset."

The city recently approved the building permit for the project.

Work is expected to start within two weeks, and take two to three months to complete.

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