Struggling Centers Revitalized With New Tenants
Unusual tenants are drawing new visitors to old struggling shopping centers. One of the strangest is "The Arms Room," a former Circuit City turned gun shop and shooting range.
Owner of the Arms Room, William James's spent nearly $5 million to buy the 20,000-square-foot space and convert it into a shooting range, a price he considered a bargain compared with building from scratch, according to Kris Hudson and Miguel Bustillo.
Jin Dong, manager of a neighboring mattress store is extremely happy with the new neighbors. "People do come in here with guns, and that's kind of weird. But they have brought a lot of traffic. It's way better than nothing."
Other unusual tenants include an indoor go-carting facility and an indoor trampoline facility.