What about Sunrise Mall?
Mix of service-based businesses and loyal customers of specialty shops likely to keep tenants from leaving
By Elvia Aguilar
Updated 05:43 a.m., July 15, 2007
…One example of Sunrise’s non-traditional, non-retail mix is Daniel DeLeon, owner of the Susan Polgar South Texas Chess Center, a tenant since October. His business has doubled since moving there from downtown, lured by the mall’s prime location and affordable rent.
He also is an example of how one tenant’s feast is shared by the rest. Chess fans from all over Texas come to the mall for daylong tournaments.
“On the days we hold tournaments, entire families come and while some of the children play chess, their siblings go to the movies or the arcade,” DeLeon said. “The moms and dads go shopping, eat at the food court and they stay here all day long. People tell me they enjoy the experience.”
He said this mix keeps Sunrise Mall safe from losing tenants to Crosstown Commons.
“I think Padre Staples Mall will be hurt the most by the proposed mall,” DeLeon said. “They have built their business on pure retail, while we at Sunrise Mall offer a variety of services from dental, tax services, a theater, arcade, bridal shops, discount stores, among others.”
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