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Bayou Walk business to be demolished

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Some well known businesses on Youree Drive are going to be demolished and won't be able to rebuild. The owners of the properties say there is some structural damage underneath and it's not safe.

They're all in the Bayou Walk Shopping Center. It's the businesses that are on the south side of Kroger including Sally's, Mimi's Hallmark and Southern Maid Donuts. Imagine building a business from the ground up in the same location for at least 10 years only to be told you have 6 weeks to move out. These business owners say that's exactly what happened to them and they say they're devastated.

"I don't have time to do anything, to move a business in 6 weeks. I've been here for 15 years. All of my customers are in this area." Thoa Ho owns Nail Concepts. She says she has no idea what she's going to do when she has to close her doors in a matter of weeks. She's not alone, Tina Tomlson with Mimi's Hallmark has the same problem. "My issue with properties is that I am 4000 square feet, and I have to be anchored by a grocery store. This is criteria set by HallMark itself."

Tomlson says, she understands safety concerns but she wishes they had more notice. "You can walk in the store in different places and you would kind of feel like you're in a slant house. Things would fall off of the shelves and stuff like that but these are things we just dealt with. For them to come out of the blue this fast and tell us this is it... The last time they had the surveyors out here was September."

Now these businesses have to come up with a new location while still trying to maintain their customer base. Tomlson said, "Still rotten news, and I cannot tell them where we would relocate, if we relocate." Ho said, "I don't want to stay here if the building's messed up but at least give me some time to move out. Now I don't have time to go look, so it's tough."

These businesses must be completely moved out by April 30th. That's just over a month away. Some have new locations that they can move into but with such short notice, most don't. Either way, soon this area will be completely demolished.

In a statement to KTBS 3 News Kimco, the company that owns Bayou Walk says, ""Due to a ground settling issue under the retail space under the Bayou Walk Shopping Center, the decision has been made to vacate and demolish these premises as soon as practicable to ensure the safety of our tenants and customers. We sincerely regret the disruption this will have on the retailers directly affected and have offered to assist them in securing comparable locations in the immediate vicinity. There are no current plans to rebuild on area in question. The remaining portion of the shopping center is expected to continue operating normally."


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