Artegon Marketplace, the experimental shopping center known as the "Anti-Mall," will soon be gone.
According to the Orlando Sentinel
, the mall will shutter Jan. 26 and all inside retailers, including Gods & Monsters, will be vacated. However, the outlying retailers, like Bass Pro Shop and Cinemark Theater, will remain open.
Owners of Artegon Marketplace hosted a meeting with tenants today to let them know they were closing the 452,192-square-foot mall, according to various tweets from retailers.
Artegon Marketplace's owner, Lightstone Group
, purchased the mall in 2011 for $25 million. The property has been for sale since August.
"Lightstone will be taking its Artegon Marketplace property in a new direction," said a statement from Lightstone published by the Sentinel
. "While it was a difficult decision to discontinue operations, we are thankful to our team in Orlando, and to our tenants, for their hard work and dedication over the past several years."
Artegon retailer Gods & Monsters
responded to today's news by posting an optimistic statement to their Facebook page.
All of Artegon's social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) are currently offline.
This is a breaking story. We will update with more information as it comes in.