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Southside Mall

Montanti: ‘No Reason’ Southside Mall Can’t Open

Procedures Ready, But Blocked In Phase 4

Montanti: ‘No Reason’

Southside Mall Can’t Open

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Luisa Montanti

ONEONTA – As the Otsego County hovers on the brink of entering Phase Four under NY Forward, Luisa Montanti, Southside Mall manager, has been receiving “hundreds” of emails and texts, all asking the same question.

“They ask,, ‘Why isn’t the mall open?’” she said. “I’m asking the same thing.”

On Tuesday, Robert F. Mujica Jr., the state’s budget director, said that Governor Cuomo had made the decision not to allow malls, gyms and movie theaters to reopen when many regions, including the Mohawk Valley, reach Phase Four. No opening date has been given.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Learn About Aquatic Invasive Species 06-10-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10

Learn About Aquatic Invasive Species

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CONSERVATION – Noon – 1 p.m. As summer warms up learn about aquatic invasive species with intern Sierra Stickney. Learn what to look for, what you can do to stop the spread. Zoom meeting with Otsego County Conservation Association. Registration required. Visit occainfo.org/calendar/spotlight-on-invasives-aquatic-invasives-to-watch-for/ for info.

Southside Mall Lives, Even Without NY’s OK
Reprinted From This Week’s
Hometown Oneonta, Freeman’s Journal

Southside Mall Lives,

Even Without NY’s OK

Even Though They May, Corporate

Retailers Aren’t Working Curbside

Conrad Picou, general manager of Panera Bread at the Southside Mall, makes sure curbside pick-ups have a touch of class as he delivers a lunch on a silver platter.  Panera opened its lobby on Wednesday for kiosk ordering and to-go ordering only.  “Business has been picking up gradually.” said Picou, “We are optimistic about returning 2-3 associates  to work each week.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Andy Holliday, store manager at Dick’s Sporting Goods, loads a couple bicycles into a customer’s truck for a curbside pick-up order.

ONEONTA – If you need a video game, a tennis racket or some office supplies for working from home, Southside Mall still has you covered.

“A lot of our exterior stores are doing curbside pickup,” said Mall Manager Luisa Montanti. “They’ve been open through the whole pandemic, and we’re really proud of them.”

While the mall remains shuttered during the shutdown, Office Max and Harbor Freight are considered “essential services,” allowing customers to come inside and browse. Vision Works is open for essential appointments only, including broken glasses, blurred vision or ordering more contact lenses.

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JC Penney Files Bankruptcy, But Local Store Likely Safe

JC Penney Is Filing

For Bankruptcy, But

Store Here Likely Safe

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Luisa Montanti

ONEONTA – Citing Southside Mall’s  JC Penney as “one of the most profitable stores in the company,” mall manager Luisa Montanti today said she’s confident the anchor will remain open, even as the company files for bankruptcy.

“I have no fears whatsoever,” she said. “The store consistently performs as one of the top 10 stores in the company and, by some metrics, has been the top store on occasion.”

Southside Mall Lives, Even Without NY’s OK

Southside Mall Lives,

Even Without NY’s OK

Even Though They May, Corporate

Retailers Aren’t Working Curbside

Conrad Picou, general manager of Panera Bread at the Southside Mall, makes sure curbside pick-ups have a touch of class as he delivers a lunch on a silver platter.  Panera opened its lobby on Wednesday for kiosk ordering and to-go ordering only.  “Business has been picking up gradually.” said Picou, “We are optimistic about returning 2-3 associates  to work each week.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Andy Holliday, store manager at Dick’s Sporting Goods, loads bicycles into a customer’s truck for a curbside pick-up order.

ONEONTA – If you need a video game, a tennis racket or some office supplies for working from home, Southside Mall still has you covered.

“A lot of our exterior stores are doing curbside pickup,” said Mall Manager Luisa Montanti. “They’ve been open through the whole pandemic, and we’re really proud of them.”

While the mall remains shuttered during the shutdown, Office Max and Harbor Freight are considered “essential services,” allowing customers to come inside and browse. Vision Works is open for essential appointments only, including broken glasses, blurred vision or ordering more contact lenses.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, DECEMBER 23

Save A Life This Holiday Season

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BLOOD DRIVE – 1 – 6 p.m. Give Blood, save a life with American Red Cross. Walk-ins welcome. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 607-547 2800 or visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=13326

BLOOD DRIVE – 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. Give Blood, save a life with American Red Cross. Walk-ins welcome. Community Center, Walnut St., Richfield Springs. 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=13326

That’s A Wrap!

That’s A Wrap!

Annual CSO Gift Wrapping

Returns To Southside Mall

Sarah Patterson, Oneonta, gift-wraps presents for Chrsitmas shoppers at the Southside Mall Saturday afternoon at the gift-wrapping station near Bath & Body Works.  It’s an annual tradition to help benefit the Catskill Symphony Orchestra and will continue until Christmas Eve. Hours are Sunday 12-6pm, Monday 10am-8pm and Tuesday 10am-5pm. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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