Mall Stall: A special web series examining the Berkshire Mall owner’s troubled retail empire

 Larry Parnass is on a weeklong reporting trip for The Eagle through the Midwest, where he is visiting the tattered portfolio of properties owned or associated with the Kohan Retail Investment Group, owner of the Berkshire Mall. His regular dispatches will appear on the paper's website through mid-June. Parnass, the paper's investigations editor, says the point of the "Mall Stall" series is to probe what happens in communities when Kohan-controlled malls fail, and to document what comes after.

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Mall Stall dispatches

As Kohan buys more malls, tenants live in limbo

Wayne Riniker knew his employer was in trouble — and had been since paying too much for this mall on a rise west of the Mississippi River.

A mall ‘save’ advances in ‘River City’ MASON CITY, Iowa — Two decades ago, Jean Thompson left her hometown here in north-central Iowa for a new life in Texas. A tragedy brought her back.
A clean slate at former mall site, but for what? They came. They conversed. They clicked. Not their heels, like Dorothy in that movie, but with the same hope.
Where a Kohan-owned mall went to ground I was taking one last look across the 100-acre moonscape of the former Woodville Mall, not quite obeying no-trespassing signs, when a blue pickup pulled up beside my car.
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LANESBOROUGH — The handful of tenants clinging to commercial life at the Berkshire Mall will get a say about whether the beleaguered shopping center will reopen. People arriving at the main … more
LANESBOROUGH — Though he is routinely late paying taxes, the Berkshire Mall's owner will be treated like anyone in arrears, town officials say.And so on Monday, a "courtesy notice" was being … more
LANESBOROUGH — Foot Locker staff at the Berkshire Mall are packing up sneakers and other apparel after selling their last merchandise Wednesday, joining a long flight of stores.The Foot Locker … more
LANESBOROUGH — Once again, the Berkshire Mall is closed.On Friday afternoon, two days after the building's owner missed his fourth property tax payment in a row, all entrances to the building … more
LANESBOROUGH — Another deadline, another missed property tax payment for the Berkshire Mall. Town officials Thursday sent the owner of the mall a demand notice for back taxes after he missed … more
LANESBOROUGH — The Berkshire Mall might have reopened, but the financial issues facing its owner continue to mount.And if those issues aren't resolved by mid-May, the town could begin the … more
The Berkshire Mall remains closed. "Mall closed. Some areas still without power. Once that changes we will update," read a statement that was posted on the mall's Facebook page Wednesday afternoon. more
LANESBOROUGH — Town officials fear the dwindling — or outright loss — of six-figure property tax revenue from the Berkshire Mall could mean municipal budget cuts starting in three … more
LANESBOROUGH — The Berkshire Mall's status? It's complicated. The complex remained closed Tuesday, but its owner, who lives on Long Island, insisted it was open. A post on the mall's Facebook … more
LANESBOROUGH — After nearly a week in the dark, the Berkshire Mall should reopen Tuesday, the principal owner said Monday.Michael Kohan of the Kohan Retail Investment Group cited issues with … more
Photos: The Berkshire Mall though the Years

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