Swansea Mall shutting down by end of March

By: Amanda Pitts

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SWANSEA, Mass. (WLNE) – The Swansea Mall is shutting down at the end of March, according to a Swansea Selectman.

Christopher Carreiro posted on Facebook that the President of Carlyle Partners, the owner of the mall, told him it would be closed by March 31, 2019.

“It was booming in the 70s and the 80s, it was a really nice mall. I’m surprised they just let it go,” said Paul Barbosa of Fall River.

The mall has had a rough few years, losing both of its anchor stores. Macy’s announced in January it was closing by March, and Sears left last year.

People we spoke to are sad to hear the news but aren’t surprised.

“We go walking through there two or three times a week, couple miles every time, but you could tell it was only a matter of time it would be closing,” said Barbosa.

“Hopefully it’ll give the town an opportunity to do something with it…. revitalize it, revamp it, get some fresh new energized businesses in here,” said Sean Farrell of Swansea.

Selectman Carreiro said a few weeks ago that he’d like to see the property be re-developed as a mixed-use site, saying he hoped the town would use eminent domain to lift restrictions and find a buyer.

He added in his Facebook post that he looks forward to working towards bringing the property back to life.

“That’s a lot of tax money going down the drain. I really hope they do something,” said Farrell.

The Swansea Mall has around 30 businesses inside.

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