Patrons, tenants: Mall not achieving its potential

Amid speculation about the direction of the Latham Circle Mall, its tenants and customers expressed hope for the shopping center's future.

Juan Colon, who runs Proline Promotion, a shop that sells tire rims and car accessories located on the Burlington Coat Factory side of the mall, said he does not want to leave the Latham Circle Mall, calling it a good location for his business.

A Clifton Park resident, Colon said he rarely scopes out the rest of the mall and keeps to his side, but he used to frequent a number of stores before they moved out.

As bad as it is, it still has potential, he said. "I love this mall. I'll be out of here [only] when they lock me out."

The mall's remaining stores: anchors J.C. Penney, Lowe's, Regal Cinemas and the Burlington Coat Factory, are joined by the All Star Driving School, women's clothing shops Avenue and DEB, Albany Aikido, a martial art's studio, NY Gear, Proline Promotion, Blade Master, which deals in sporting and collectable goods, insurance company Dinsmore Agency, Kermit Hayes Photography, John Lee Auction Service, The Gift Wagon, and One Step Above hair salon.

The food court no longer has any tenants.

William Leppert runs the property from an office on the Burlington side. He works for Key Point Partners, which manages the property on behalf of Realty Financial Partners.

Leppert said that the building's fire hazard and safety concerns are a No. 1 priority, but there are issues with the heating that he is looking into.

The town issued a formal order to fix the heating problem by Monday, Feb. 15. According to information from the town's building department, the mall must be kept at or above 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

"We've taken steps to correct that," Leppert said.

"We have made arrangements to correct the heating problems and are in the process of bringing in additional heating units to correct [the problem]. This should be in place by the end of this week, and the town has been kept advised of our intentions," Leppert said in an e-mail on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

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