DeSoto Square Mall closing on Friday

DeSoto Square Mall closing on Friday
DeSoto Square Mall closing (Source: WWSB)

BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - Manatee County’s longtime and well-known shopping mall is closing its doors on Friday, April 30.

DeSoto Square Mall, located in the 300 block of 301 Boulevard in Bradenton, opened in 1973.

DeSoto Square Mall
DeSoto Square Mall (Source: WWSB)

The nearly 50-year-old mall has struggled with keeping stores and shoppers. On Thursday, a note announcing its closure was taped to the entrance doors.

DeSoto Square Mall closing
DeSoto Square Mall closing (Source: WWSB)

Longtime residents say they are sad to see it go.

“It’s pretty upsetting because this is a place I’ve been able to come with my family since I was a little girl and just seeing this area close down is sad,” said resident Jabrielle Coulter. “It’s sad for the community.”

Some of the stores surrounding the mall will remain open. The owners of the property want to turn the space into a multi-use project.

DeSoto Square Mall closing
DeSoto Square Mall closing (Source: WWSB)

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