Business owner says all tenants of Shoppingtown Mall must vacate within 30 days

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DEWITT, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — It’s another chapter in the ShoppingTown mall saga. Even though malls in New York could reopen back in July, ShoppingTown is still closed.

Now, tenants only have 30 days from when they received an eviction letter from Moonbeam Capital, ShoppingTown’s owner, to vacate the premises.

Reginald and Lysa Simmons, owners of Simmons Ink and Stitch are just two of the tenants who received a letter of eviction.

“The letter essentially says you were on a month to month, we only have to give you 30 days notice. There’s your 30 days and you should be out in 30 days, and it was that simple. No reason, no explanation, nothing else,” Lysa explained.

In the letter, Moonbeam requires each occupant to pack up their things and vacate the premises on or before 30 days after receiving the letter.

Each tenant needs to leave their space in good, “broom-clean” condition, but the Simmons are asking ‘why now?’

I guess the biggest question is – why? And even if it’s a plan of ‘we’re going to tear it down and there is nothing else,’ why not give us a little bit more time to allow us to figure out what to do, so that you kept us in the loop. So, it wouldn’t be such a rushed plan.

Lysa Simmons, Owner, Simmons Ink and Stitch

ShoppingTown mall has been closed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Governor Cuomo allowed malls across the state to reopen if they upgraded their HVAC air filters, but as of Thursday, September 24, the doors at ShoppingTown still remain locked and closed.

As for the Simmons’, it’s an unexpected turn, but they’re already determined to pick up the pieces.

“We’re still going to be in operation…so we feel a little disjointed of course because it won’t be like it was before, but we don’t feel hopeless because we have another avenue and we know we can stay open and service our customers and do what we want to do,” Lysa said.

Onondaga County Executive, Ryan McMahon, said at his briefing on Thursday that the county’s law department is currently looking into the legality of the vacancy letters under the Governor’s current eviction executive order.

NewsChannel 9 also obtained the email sent by Central New York Playhouse, claiming it has 30 days to vacate. 

Back in August, the mall’s owner, Moonbeam Capital, listed the property as “sold” on its website, with no further explanation. 

The company is in the middle of multiple legal battles with Onondaga County for unpaid property taxes.

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