We reported back in early June the Midland, MI Mall was purchased by a 33-year-old by Bay County businessman, Jordan Dice.

In the short time since his purchase of the mall, Dice has made a couple of strong moves.

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We reported in July, Dice purchased the legendary (and historic) St Laurent Brothers candy, confection and nut shop.

It has been in business for over 120 years and will eventually have another location inside the Midland Mall, too.

The other move was investing time & money to get Hobby Lobby and others as tenants.

Upgrades abound at Midland Mall

Hobby Lobby is located in a rebuilt space which used to be Younkers and Elder-Beerman.

Credit: Google Maps
Credit: Google Maps

Dice notes he personally managed "many of the exterior improvements to help support the project."

Those improvements include new parking lots, sidewalks, curbs, lighting and landscaping.

Reinvesting in the community

It isn't just curb appeal Jordan Dice is bringing back into the mall. It's a sense of reinvesting in the community.

In the Facebook announcement comments, it's obvious people in the area are excited to have a nice place to shop.

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Even excited about the future of a mall that has only been around since 1991.

The only Mid-Michigan mall with all anchor stores occupied.

Hobby Lobby joins five other "anchor" spaces including Target (which has been open since the beginning), Barnes & Noble, MyMichigan Health, Dunham's Sports and Planet Fitness.

The Future of Midland Mall

Dice told Midland Daily News; he believes they can have 100% occupancy within a year. They're not far off.

He's even courting Chick-Fil-A for the food court.

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