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Southgate Park Begins New Chapter

August 17, 2018

Southgate Mall officially began its second act on Wednesday as Southgate Park. A crowd of about 50 people turned out for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark completion of the transformation of the former mall into a new shopping center. We think this is ‘Main and Main’ of Elizabeth City,” Clay Boardman, managing member of Vireo Group, told the crowd. “We think this is the place to be in Elizabeth City.” The Vireo Group, which is based in Augusta, Georgia, acquired what was then the financially troubled Southgate Mall in February 2017. Soon afterward, Vireo began converting what was a late 1960s indoor shopping mall into a modern outdoor shopping center. We’ve done our best to go as fast as we possibly could so that you could see a transformation,” Boardman told the crowd. “And I hope you’ll visit this place, shop at this place.” Boardman praised Vireo Group Managing Member John Gibson for travelling to Elizabeth City for much of the transformation project. He also had praise for the city of Elizabeth City, calling city officials “good partners in the whole thing.”

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