With less than two weeks in the Christmas shopping season remaining, the Mayor of Alton is asking residents to shop local. Tom Hoechst says when you buy at Alton businesses, you are not only helping the shop owners, but the whole city pull itself out of the economic slump it has been struggling to get out of the past several years.
He says that includes the mom & pop stores around town, the antique district, and Alton Square Mall.
Hoechst says he has talked to the management team at Cassidy Turley, which is now in charge of the mall, and they believe there are a couple of new tenants that will be coming on board soon. Hoechst says talks to bring a movie theater to the mall continue, but there is nothing new to report as of now.