A downtown East Liverpool mall is closing, and the owner said the economy and lack of community support played a major role in its demise.
The Mezzanine Town Mall has been a fixture on East 5th Street for the last six years. Owner David Marshall decided to open it when he returned to East Liverpool after spending years living in California.
Marshall refurbished the building himself and started the business with just a coffee shop. Nine other businesses opened over the next few years. Marshall said business was great the first couple of years, but slowly started to decline.
“It just really didn’t take a real big drop until about 2011,” said Marshall.
Marshall lost a substantial contract with another business in the mall which also put him in a financial bind. But ultimately, he said the economy and little support from the community and city leaders were the reasons business was so slow.
“Our city council and our mayor should get out and he should visit every business at least once a month,” said Marshall. “They seem to have a deaf ear on business.”
Jane McMillan manages the flea market in the mall and works at the hair salon. She and other merchants in the mall plan to relocate.
“The flea market will be moving with the salon, if possible, if we have room,” said McMillan.
Marshall said the New Castle School of Trades has expressed interest in the property.
All current businesses will be out of the mall within the next two weeks.