“It’s gotten a little slower,” she said. “Business has dropped off without a Food Lion, but we’re hopeful.”
The former Food Lion store has been vacant for nearly eight months, leaving empty seats at places like Dairy Queen.
“Business has gone down seven percent since Food Lion left, which is a lot in the world of ice cream,” Bagtilia said.
Things got so bad, the Little Caesar’s restaurant at the shopping center shut its door after nearly two decades.
It could get even worse for the shopping center. Nearly two miles down the road, a new shopping center is in the works. Prosperity Hucks is a new shopping village that would look similar to Birkdale.
But, there is sweet news for businesses like Dairy Queen in Mallard Crossing.
Sources tell us that they are hoping to announce in 30 to 60 days that the property will be filled with a grocery store. Good news for the area, but can the oldest shopping center in the Mallard Creek area bounce back?
Bagtilia believes they can.
"Oh yeah, 100%, especially if they do remodeling and stuff. I think this is going to revitalize this whole mall."