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Businesses see increase in mall visitors after QMG Cancer Institute opens

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QMG's cancer institute is officially open at the Quincy Mall and local businesses are already seeing an impact.

When the Quincy Mall lost two anchor stores at the same time of year, business was slow at Que Town Bar-B-Que.

"We were struggling very bad. It slowed down drastically," said server Ashley Holtshouser.

Holtshouser said things are more than looking up now that QMG has moved into the former Bergners space.

"There hasn't really been much of a break. We're picking up gradually more and more every day even on Tuesdays and Wednesdays which were our two slowest days," she said.

Mall officials said QMG has given the place new life and empty storefronts are filling up again.

"Already we have people reaching out to us inquiring about vacancies. I'd like to see all the vacant spaces we have get quickly filled up," said mall manager Mike Jenkins.

Jenkins said work is still happening at the new space. He hopes the extra amount of people they've already seen continues to grow.

"From patients and people who are bringing grandpa to get their infusion treatment with Auntie Anne's pretzels in their hand or even Quincy Medical Group employees who are eating at Dairy Queen. It's that kind of stuff that's exactly what we want to see," said Jenkins.

Officials said the second floor outpatient surgery center is still under construction. They’re hopeful that part of the renovation is complete at the end of this year.

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Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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