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Firm will help fill old Yakima Mall

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Yakima, WA -  JEM Development has hired a marketing firm with a worldwide reputation to help come up with ideas to fill the old mall in Downtown Yakima.       

There's about 300,000 square feet available.     

With the mall in union gap and a new one planned on 16th avenue, JEM is looking for different approach to fill that space.     

The marketing firm CB Richard Ellis has helped with some big time projects like developing Times Square in New York.     

Sean Hawkins with the Committee for Downtown Yakima says this mall won't have any big box stores.

"It's actually the old downtown concept that's coming into malls where you get open air seating," says Hawkins, "You get benches and those type of things.   It's meant to allow people to relax.   It's a new form of shopping that really hasn't hit Yakima yet."

Hawkins says to expect restaurants, retail and office space to fill the mall.     

But he says CB Richard Ellis will likely have to recruit businesses to come into Yakima to make it work.