From Dying to Living: How One Nonprofit Reimagined Vacant Jasper Mall Space

| November 2, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

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By Nicole Smith
Daily Mountain Eagle

As stores in shopping malls continue to close across the country, a space at the Jasper Mall in Walker County is being reimagined as a safe haven for youths.

The decades-old Jasper Mall was once a bustling shopping hub for the residents of Walker and surrounding counties; however, since two of its three anchor stores closed in 2017, both the north and south ends of the mall have remained dark. The mall was the subject of a recent documentary film.

Raising Arrows, a nonprofit community feeding and after-school program in Walker County is bringing new light to one of the mall’s vacant spaces, which once housed J.C. Penney.

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