QUINCY, IL (WGEM) - If you walk through the Quincy mall, you'll see more small businesses taking over vacant store fronts.
Quincy Mall officials said they had been losing retailers for a few years, but local shops have moved in to fill those empty spaces.
“It was largely national retail. The way things have gone now it’s almost a necessity to have a mix of the national and the local in here," said Mike Jenkins, Quincy Mall property manager.
Jenkins says the mall has seen their small businesses thrive while being located in the mall, which makes other small businesses want to set up in a mall store front too.
The mall has a kick starter program to attract small businesses.
Small businesses like Sidell’s Bakery and Shears Salon are just a few of the small businesses in Quincy Mall that have taken advantage of the Cullinan Kickstart Small Business Program.
“We like working with that local entrepreneur and the kick start program that we have gives local business people who have always wanted to open a business for themselves a leg up in what can be a really challenging first year of business. We can help them with planning. We can help them with financing. We can help them with marketing," Jenkins said.
The program can also help people looking to start a franchise location in the mall by giving them some of the same tools as the small businesses in the program.