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kiosk at the front. "Espresso is the fuel for shopping," Penson said with a smile. "I'd love to see someone bring a coffee shop here. It's a great opportunity for a local entrepreneur. "Penson wants a warmer look inside the mall with conversational seating. To that end she has recruited the Oregon State University interior design Force Nike Shoes
to have WiFi, music and a coffee shop," she said. "The owners gave me complete autonomy to run the show and make the changes and improvements. "She actually began by cleaning up the mall parking area. Parking spaces are better marked and the lot is now swept monthly. Exterior walls are being pressure washed and touched up with new paint. New plants have been added. Penson is repairing the audio system that pipes music throughout the mall.
class to rework common areas between stores as a spring project. Also new will be a play area for children surrounded by comfortable adult seating. Penson, 59, comes to the store with plenty of experience. She managed the Lancaster Mall in Salem and was at Bridgeport Center in California when she opted to come back to Oregon. "I had two years of sunshine and that was enough," Penson said. "I wanted to get back home. .
A children's apparel store and a women's plus size shop are high on her list. In the meantime she said one space has already been filled. Pixel Battles, an interactive video gaming store, will open soon. With several store spaces still empty, Penson has been working on changes she thinks will make an immediate impact. Most are cosmetic, but she set three early goals for improvement. "I believe we need Air Force 1 Dark Grey
occer: Beavers up to No. 6; Mueller honoredOSU men's soccer: Mueller's two goals move Beavers to 5 0OSU football: Beavers need to polish up pass gameOregon football: Ducks fall short at Michigan StateWithin a year, Betsy Penson is expecting to see 90 percent occupancy at Heritage Mall, including a new tenant in the former Gottschalks anchor location. Penson, who took over as the mall's general manager in December, is confident that will happen. Backed by Vintage Real Estate, the new owners of the mall, Penson has already started making improvements she believes will entice new businesses and bring in customers. "This mall has great bones. There are strong national merchants," Penson said. "When I was asked if I knew of anyone who might want the job here, I didn't hesitate. I said, 'yes, me!'"Penson said the owners are in negotiations now to fill the space left vacant when Gottschalks left in 2009. And she is eagerly in talks with additional merchants to fill other vacancies. "I hope we will Air Force Pink have an announcement about the Gottschalks space in the next couple of months," Penson said. "Nothing is certain but we're working hard to get someone in. And I believe that it is realistic to say we'll have 90 percent of the space full by this time next year. "She said the goal is to focus on stores with particular specialties.
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