FRACKVILLE - An attraction for shoppers in the Anthracite Coal Region since its opening in October 1980, the Schuylkill Mall is known by most residents in the region.
The mall has seen a steady decline over the past two decades, losing the majority of stores, including anchors Sears and KMart, culminating with its appearance on a Sheriff's Sale list, and its subsequent Chapter 7 Bankruptcy filing last October.
The mall will be sold at an auction held at 10am on January 24th. The auction will be held at the office of William G. Schwab, 811 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East, Lehighton, Carbon County. William G. Schwab is the lawyer serving as the trustee in bankruptcy, and will conduct the auction.
Under the bidding process approved by a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, all bids must be submitted to Schwab by 5 p.m. January 17th. Bids must be in the form of an executed asset purchase agreement, accompanied by a deposit equal to 10 percent of the purchase price, provide for a closing no later than February 28th and demonstrate that the bidder has the necessary financial ability to buy the property. No minimum bid has been established.
Any objections to the sale must be field by 4 p.m. Jan. 17 with the court.
GIRARDVILLE - Signs posted in the window of Marrone's Cafe on New Year's Eve notified customers that the Girardville staple would serve its last customers today.
The business opened in 1933 as "Marrone’s Italian American Cafe", and soon became known by many in the Anthracite Region simply as "Marrone's".
The owners are in their 70's and say the work running a restaurant takes is becoming too much for them.
Marrone's is up for sale, and its owners hope someone will purchase the business and carry on its legacy.
Marrone's will be open from 4:00pm to "about 8 or 9pm". Walk-ins are welcome, but will have to wait for an open table. According to the owners, many regular customers have booked reservations for the final day, with as many as 23 coming for 5:00pm.