By: Kylen Mills
A big redevelopment is coming to the South Park Mall, but at what expense?
Several businesses are being forced to move out.
As of Tuesday night 3 restaurants in the food court have already packed up and more are leaving come the end of January. It's something that's devastating for workers who've made it their livelihood.
"It's horrible. I just don't feel that it's right and everybody else in the food court that runs it, it's not right," said American Great Steak Manager Debbie Martin.
Debbie Martin has been the manager at American Great Steak for years.
"I don't know how to explain it, it was so much fun working there," said Martin. But as of 6pm her shop closed its doors for good.
"I came in and there were so many walkers at my window wanting to shake my hand just to say thank you. I cried, I had to go to the back room and I cried," said Martin.
Martin says she received a letter from the mall in October telling her to ship out, with no explanation except for 'mall maintenance'.
"The answers we got like I said was just beating around the bush," said Martin.
Martin tells us she knows very little about the redevelopment plans, and she's not happy about being left in the dark.
"I worked hard for a year to get this business up and going I never thought I could do and I did it, and then to have it stripped from me," said Martin.
But American Great Steak is not the only restaurant being forced to go.
La Placita and Hardly Bland are already gone, and several others have to move by the end of January. Leaving holes in the heart of the mall, and workers' wallets.
"There are people here that depends on their jobs, this pays their rent, their lights and gas. So I don't know what we're going to," said Martin.
We've tried to contact the mall but no one has returned our calls. Martin is currently looking for somewhere else to take her business, but hasn't found anywhere yet.