MUNCIE — Carson’s. Sears. Best Buy Mobile. Payless Shoe Source. Andrews Jewelers. Kay Jewelers. Yankee Candle. Pizza di Tony. And the latest, Charlotte Russe.

Whether they’ve left because companies went bankrupt, or they've moved to other Muncie locations, these stores have departed from Muncie Mall in the past year.

All in a single year.

And perhaps just as striking, none of the spaces vacated by those stores has been filled. They now sit empty along with spaces vacated in previous years. When Payless officially closes, 11 spots will sit without an active full-time tenant.

With consumer habits changing, it seems almost a given that more closings will follow, which is only going to make it more difficult for other stores to attract their own foot traffic.

Last summer, The Star Press asked if Muncie Mall could survive the loss of Sears and Carson's, two of its four anchor stores. Soon after, many of the aforementioned closings ensued.

Have we reached our answer?

The Star Press contacted Washington Prime Group, owner of Muncie Mall and more than 100 other retail properties across the country, to learn of the mall's future. 

"Along with more than 50 national, regional and local retailers, Muncie Mall continues to focus on providing a dynamic experience for guests," Kimberly Green, vice president of investor relations and corporate communications, told the Star Press in an email. "When there is a store closing it provides an opportunity to bring new tenants to Muncie Mall. Our leasing team is continuously in discussions with potential new tenants."

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