Good morning, it's David. Today is Tuesday, July 28th.
Today there will be a thunderstorm in parts of the area in the afternoon, and a high of 94. This evening there will be a thunderstorm in spots, and a low of 72.
What's going to happen to Eastridge Mall?
Malls are having it tough, and the Coronavirus hasn't helped. According to Green Street Advisors LLC, a real estate research firm, 80% of the value in malls nationwide is concentrated in the top 20% of mall properties (think Southpark). They also predict that almost half of the mall based department stores will not survive the pandemic.
At many mall locations nationwide, tenants have co-tenancy clauses. These clauses state that if one or two major tenants leave, then their rents can be reduced as much as 30%. Eastridge has lost JC Pennys and Sears; Dillards is now an outlet store, and their second floor is closed. That leaves only Belks as an original anchor store. They have added a Curt's Premium Outlet, and still have a Victoria's Secret, but many tenants are mom and pop stores. Eastridge had a movie theater many moons ago, but that is long gone. As some stores age out or fail, and online sales continue to increase, will new stores take their place? Email us at email@example.com and let us know your thoughts.
New Booja Korean Restaurant to Serve Korean BBQ
Booja Korean Restaurant is set to open later this month in the former Wasabi location at 1825 South New Hope in Gastonia. That's just across the street from the South New Hope post office. Owner Yunhee Yu plans to offer Korean BBQ along with sushi as well as some Japanese dishes from Wasabi.
Federal Unemployment check of $600 to end Saturday
Some folks will be looking for a job-or going back to work if they have a job-now that the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation is ending.Lawmakers in Washington may continue the benefit, but probably at a reduced amount. It is expected to take at least two weeks for states to reset their programs.
Senate Republicans released their stimulus blueprint yesterday. Their plan would expand the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program, enhance small-business tax breaks and provide businesses a legal shield for claims related to Covid-19. It would also reduce Federal unemployment benefits from $600 to $200. Democrats criticized the plan saying it does too little.
Justice Store Set to close
The Justice store in Gastonia is set to close, as the Ascena Group closes 600 Justice stores nationwide. Justice stores, formerly Limited Too, focuses on girls 6-12. They will now transition to online only.
Gaston County has a great new tool for keeping up with our
covid-19 case count, and much more.The new tool breaks down cases by age range.Surprisingly, 11.24% are ages 0-17, and 16.7% are ages 18-24- so approximately 28% of cases in Gaston county are under the age of 24. We have had 2,739 positive tests, and currently have 1268 active cases, 1438 recovered, and 30 deaths. Check out the new dashboard here.
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