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The building permit for the interior demolition at the former Goody’s store is posted on the glass in the storefront at Liberty Fair Mall. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)

Sunday, June 16, 2013


The interior of the former Goody’s store in Liberty Fair Mall is being demolished as part of a larger project at the mall.

Allen Grinalds, director of mall operations for Hull Storey Gibson Companies LLC, which owns the mall, said Friday the company is “working on interiors as well as some expansion and signage” at Liberty Fair.

The company hopes to be able to make an announcement “within a month or so” on new tenants and plans for the mall, he said.

Hull Storey Gibson is “committed to Martinsville,” he said. It is “currently investing a lot of money in Martinsville. We consider it valuable property. We’re with Martinsville long-term.”

Martinsville Mayor Kim Adkins said she understands that some exterior demolition will occur at the mall as part of a major renovation, and new retailers will be brought in. She said she did not have any other other details.

“I’m taking all of that to mean positive news” for the city, Adkins said. The project, she said, “could add a new life and a new look to the mall.”

Martinsville building official Ted Anderson Jr. said the work inside the former Goody’s store began after he issued a demolition permit May 29.

The permit lists the property owner as Martinsville Mall LLC and the demolition to be done on interior space 202 (the former Goody’s store) in Liberty Fair Mall.

Demolition will include the floor, ceiling, walls and the like, according to the application for the permit. Gemini Construction Co. LLC, of Augusta, Ga., is listed as the construction company for the work.

The application showed that the estimated cost to demolish the interior of the 29,697-square-foot retail space is $15,000, the application showed.

An online release by Hull Storey Gibson Companies stated that the total square footage of Liberty Fair is 434,317.

Mark Heath, president and CEO of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp., recently told city council members that the EDC’s small, minority and entrepreneurial business division “participated in a conference call with Jim Hull,” who is listed as one of the co-owners of the mall, “to discuss collaborative opportunities.” Coles Hull is listed as the other co-owner on the company’s website.

Heath told the council that hopefully there will be some good news about the mall soon, but he declined to elaborate.


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