Alton Mayor Brant Walker says the news of Illinois Wholesale Furniture moving to Alton Square Mall is a shot in the arm to the Alton economy. the furniture store had been located at the Eastgate Plaza shopping center for nearly 20 years, but recently signed a contract with mall management to take over the space vacated when Sears left a little over a year ago.
Walker says he hopes to hear more of these types of announcements soon.
As for naming stores, he says they don't have anything firm to report right now, but they are committed to helping mall management fill the empty spaces. As for the on-again off-again news of bringing a movie theater to the property, Walker says he will decline comment until there is something solid to announce.