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Barstow Mall makes improvements
BARSTOW • If you have walked through the Barstow Mall recently, you’ve probably encountered a dusty atmosphere. Barstow Mall Manager David Losquadro said it’s a sign of progress.
“We say ‘excuse the dust, mall construction ongoing’ and we mean it,” Losquadro said. “Over the past couple years we have made major improvements to Barstow Mall including new landscaping, a new pylon sign, a new parking lot and some updating to the appearance to the Building itself with freshly painted facade. We feel this has helped in drawing new tenants and increasing customer foot traffic. We also have improved the air conditioning to make the mall more comfortable.”
Losquadro hopes to make the Barstow Mall the “place to go again” for Barstow residents.
According to Losquadro, there are six businesses in development right now that will be open in the coming weeks. The new shops include a Mexican restaurant, an insurance and cell phone shop, an electronic cigarette shop, a card game store, a Thai massage shop and an art gallery workshop. Losquadro said they are also in discussions with several other businesses.
Ageless Strategy Cards will be the first of the six stores to open up shop on Saturday. W.C. Gable will run the shop along with his wife Frances and daughter Jennifer.
Gable described this venture as a hobby that turned into a business. The store’s shelves will be stocked with comic books, collectable action figures and, most importantly, gaming cards.
Gable said he will be selling Magic: The Gathering cards, Yu-Gi-Oh cards and Vanguard cards, individually and by the pack.
Gable said he will begin networking with a sports card shop located in Victorville to boost card gaming in the High Desert.
“We’re doing this for the kids,” Gable said. “This is a work in progress, its kind of a gamble. But with all these stores coming into the mall, it’s letting my wife and I be optimistic that we have a fighting chance.”
The shop’s grand opening is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m., Gable said. There will be three prizes raffled off, including a grand prize gaming card worth $50. Gable said every customer that spends at least $5 will receive a raffle ticket for the three prizes to be raffled off at 6 p.m.