The Hammond Square Mall is the proverbial center of Tangipahoa Parish shopping.
Stirling Properties, the owners of the mall, are demolishing the old Sears and Rite Aid buildings.
The company said they will build 90,000 square feet in new space for new businesses.
While it’s unclear who will fill that space, shoppers are excited.
“Oh the more money, the more jobs,” Kelli Jenkins said. “Our city looks nicer and our kids will want to stay longer. They are more willing to stay as they graduate from high school and move on.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics said the unemployment rate in Tangipahoa Parish is at 5 percent.
That’s higher than the national average of 3.8 percent.
Both shoppers and parish leaders are hoping the changes to the mall could change that.