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Walla Walla mall is now 70% leased

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WALLA WALLA, WA - For years, the Blue Mountain Mall sign has stood with not much to represent, but excavation has already begun and plans are beginning to take off. 

It's been deserted for about ten years, but people in Walla Walla still remember what it once was, like the Bottomleys, who bought their engagement ring inside. 

"I'm gonna be 58 on Friday," said Doug Bottomley. "She was born and raised here; I call her the original Walla Walla sweet."

For Christine - born and raised here - and her husband Doug, they're happy to see the progress that they say is long overdue.

"The eyesore is gone, it's been an eyesore for way too long for us."

Today, reporter Mackenzie Maynard talked with the developer on the phone, and he told her that 70 percent is already leased out. Marshalls, Hobby Lobby, and Ross were the first tenants to express interest.

Having a mall in Walla Walla so the community could avoid hour-long drives to Tri-Cities for the national retail stores is what drew him to the project from California. As for the Bottomleys, knowing the big retail stores will be at their fingertips.

The groundbreaking is set for sometime this spring, and we can expect to see the stores up here in 2018.