“Guess the Volusia Mall is going out of business,” wrote Tim Lauxman in a comment posted on The News-Journal’s Developing Daytona Beach Facebook group page.
Another reader, James Stropnik, wrote: “I predict Volusia Mall will be a ghost town in less than a year.”
Despite those dire predictions, there is a big reason for hope that rumors of Volusia Mall’s death may be premature. Make that three of them.
Namely, the astonishingly strong performance as of last of Dillard’s Inc., the Little Rock, Arkansas-based department store chain that operates not one, but three locations at Volusia Mall.
Dillard’s in its most recent quarterly earnings report stated that its net income jumped nearly six-fold year-over-year to $31.9 million