HARRISONBURG, Va. Managers at the Valley Mall are moving forward with plans to begin renovations, something that has been planned for over a year, with the goal of bringing in more customers.
Cortney Carderelli, the marketing manager for the mall, said she is excited to watch the building move into the 21st century.
"I went to James Madison University from 2002 through 2006 so I remember a lot of different things about the mall. Nice to finally see real changes that people will finally notice," said Carderelli.
The $1.5 million project will bring in new flooring, fresh painting, and comfortable lounges with WiFi.
Maksim Shumeyko, a mall shopper, said he only comes to the mall when he really needs something.
"I don't like coming here and hanging out because there is no where to really hang out," said Shumeyko, who believes some of the changes will bring in a younger crowd and more people to the mall.
Megan Ross, a senior at JMU, agrees and thinks more younger people like herself may use the Valley Mall as a one-stop shop, instead of a once in a while shop.
"A lot of the spots on campus do get really crowded, so if there was WiFi or maybe even a section more geared towards students with studying, lounging, coffee and stuff like that. I feel like it would be like a spot on campus, except not on campus," said Ross.
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