WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. - Century III Mall, which has been in decline for years, will be auctioned off at a sheriff’s sale, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday.
Notices of the sheriff’s sale, which will take place at the county courthouse, have been posted at entrances to the mall."
It's a shame. I grew up here, and I used to come here with my mom and my family," said shopper Renae Johnson. "I used to come here weekly with my mom and family. It was the thing to do over the weekend."
The once-popular shopping destination is now nearly vacant, even losing anchor stores in recent years. So the appearance of the sale notice didn't surprise many people.
Now, the question is what will happen to the mall site.
“It would really be nice if it could benefit the community as a whole,” Johnson said. “Not something that's going to become a torn-down nothing.”
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Another shopper wants to see it remain a retail destination.
"I want to see a Bass Pro Shops move here, definitely," he said. "There are a lot of sportsmen in the area."
According to the county property assessor, the mall is valued at $11.5 million. In 2013, the mall was purchased by Moonbeam Capital Investments for $10.5 million.
Channel 11 has learned the mall has a $46,000 tax bill due at the end of April.
Some say because of the rise internet shopping that buying a mall and replacing it with more of the same might not be the way to go.
"It's going to be a big gamble, I think," the shopper said. "I wouldnt do it if it was my money."
The sheriff’s sale is scheduled for June 4.
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