(Alexandria, MN) For several years, the future of the Viking Slow Plaza has been on the minds of consumers. The status was questioned most with the one-time distress of Herbergers and JcPenneys who were leaving within a year apart. It was certainly Alan Retinsky. He is President and founder of Lexington Realty. Lexington Realty owns a multitude of tumor properties around the country. After temporarily losing the mall to the bank, Retinsky bought it back recently with a goal to give him a new life. Retinsky in Alexandria last week was meeting with city and county leaders. He says he took the mall up to ten years ago from 60% occupancy to over 100 percent. He adds that he does not cope with the trends and that he knows what needs to be done today. He says he is open and he knows the help the city and county provide. He says that the county of Alexandria and Douglas was one of the best people he had ever worked.
Retinsky said that you can expect a mix of retail and business-oriented businesses moving in shortly, although no signed agreements have been made. Retinsky follows that by asking the public to be patient as it is only a few weeks going back into the driver's seat, but he says he is committed to doing it again.
You can hear more of our conversation with Alan in the following clip (AUDIO below)
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