Springfield's Upper Valley Mall has struggled to survive in the past decade, but a new mega shoe store may give the shopping center a much needed boost and bring more jobs and tax revenue to the local economy.
"The store is called Encore, and the space itself is 31,500 square feet. So it's going to be the largest shoe store in the state of Ohio," says Brenda LaBonte, manager of the Upper Valley Mall. She says the store will bring thousands of shoppers and employ between 20 and 100 people.
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