ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — The second oldest mall in North Carolina is empty tonight, an unattractive reminder of Hurricane Floyd. The owners of Tarrytown Mall claim the historic building is not attracting the right buyer, and it will soon be demolished.
Forty years ago, it was the pride and joy of Rocky Mount. This summer, the mall will come down. The mall, located in a low-lying area, flooded during Hurricane Floyd. Two-and-a-half years later, nearby businesses hope a new tenant will bring shoppers back to that part of Rocky Mount.
"We've been here over a year and a lot of people still say, 'Well, I didn't know y'all was back,' so if that building wasn't there and we had other things going on, we would have more traffic," Carolyn Turnage of Dollar General said.
John Bass owns a bagel shop just behind the mall. He said tearing down Tarrytown will make marketing muffins a lot easier.
"It'll be the best thing to happen to me in a long, long time, I think. Waiting for the luck to change since the flood," he said.
Rocky Mount's new city codes state that once the building is torn down, tons of fill dirt will have to be brought in to raise the remnants of the mall out of the flood zone.
The management company said Tarrytown Mall will be demolished sometime after April.