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POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

Steve Halter remembers the glory days of Mansion Mall before it sat relatively vacant for years.

"When I was a kid this was actually a happening place," Halter, the president of the Chamber of Conference, said. "This is where you came to do all your shopping and eating."

That is until Jim Bailey, a local developer, took a chance on the project.

"It was tough at first but once we got some momentum going, it started taking off real good," Bailey said.

"With the improvements of 67 and Highway 60, it created kind of a perfect storm," Halter said.

The Mansion Mall went from Dollar General and Payless to 23 tenants.

"What we do is we pitch the numbers, the volume of traffic, the income level of the surrounding community, and we just put together our package that way," Bailey said.

"This is definitely the central hub of our community right now," Halter said.

Bailey's success led him 2 blocks down the street with more construction.

"Well without naming any names in particular, there will be a lot of the same," Bailey said. "We've got many new retailers coming to poplar bluff that are not here right now."

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