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Dillard's Yet to Make a Decision on When to Reopen Edgewater Mall Store
by Keith Burton - GCN     8/14/06 

While progress to get Biloxi's key retail complex back to pre-Katrina levels has been ongoing, Edgewater Mall has yet to see Dillard's return. And it is appears that it will take even more time.

According to a company financial report, Dillard's has four stores in the Gulf Coast area which were damaged by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita that remain closed as of July 29, 2006.

"The Company plans to open its Oakwood Mall location in Gretna, Louisiana later this month and its Central Mall location in Port Arthur, Texas in mid-October. Details regarding the two remaining affected stores in New Orleans, Louisiana and Biloxi, Mississippi are still being determined," reads the company's statement issued Aug. 14.

Edgewater Mall, which sits just off the beach in Biloxi, was heavily damaged from the flooding that occurred during Katrina's storm surge. The mall reopened just prior to Christmas last year and many stores have since returned including big-box stores, J.C. Penny's and Sears, which are the anchor stores at the north and east ends of the mall, respectively, but not Dillard's. It was expected at one point that Dillard's would reopen in July. Dillard's is at the important south end, or main entrance area to the mall that faces the beach highway.

During the 13 weeks ended July 29, 2006, Dillard's closed its Town Square Mall location in Pasadena (Houston), Texas (110,000 square feet) and its Buckingham Square location in Aurora, Colorado (208,000 square feet). Accordingly, the Company opened its new location at Aurora Mall in Aurora, Colorado (180,000 square feet) earlier this month.

As of July 29, 2006, the Company operated 325 Dillard's locations spanning 29 states, net of the four locations closed at the time due to hurricane damage

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