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Mall Concerns | The sun on the north side

Jackson City Council wants the company that owns The Junction, the Jackson mall anchored by Target and The Home Depot, to provide more information at an upcoming council meeting about its plans for the center.

The mall owner wants to divide the commercial building between Target and Home Depot into lots and common areas. The request excludes the outer parcels of Red Lobster and Olive Garden.

Council members want to know more before approving an ordinance accepting the final dish of The Junction, located at 6351 I-55 North, and allowing the mayor to sign it.

Robert Lee of the City of Jackson told council members that the owner of the center was in Arizona and did not provide more details than to say dividing the property would allow for more options. sale to detail. Lee could not remember the name of the company that owned the center.

Sandor, a privately owned mall developer, lists The Junction as his own property. Sandor has offices in Indianapolis, Indiana and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said he had no further information on the matter.

“Obviously we’re concerned about the compatibility of businesses with the footprint of what’s out there right now,” he said. “We also need to look at their efforts to make their space more appealing. They try to keep the business going. We might not want to get in their way.

The junction is also the location of JOANN Fabric and Craft Store, PetSmart, Eyemart Express and other retailers. An Office Depot was once there, but it closed when the national retailer closed stores across the country.

Mattiace Properties Inc., led by Chairman Andrew Mattiace, opened The Junction in 1996.

Many northeast Jackson homeowners associations oppose the center as a location for a tattoo studio.

The Jackson Planning Board voted to recommend to the city council that John Craig, owner of Profane Studio, be granted a conditional use permit. City Council is due to vote on the matter on May 16.