ST. LOUIS – A commercial game of chicken over two outlet malls, both slated to open in the fall, is underway in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield, and neither side is ready to back down, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The owners of each outlet mall say the town’s economy can support only one, . yet ground has been broken for both. Just yesterday, a smiling gang of men in suits and hardhats shoveled dirt around in a groundbreaking ceremony.
Even the mayor is confounded by the “brinksmanship” between the two properties, which are located just a few miles apart. As the Post-Dispatch reports:
“I’ll be honest with you: I don’t know,” said Mayor Bruce Geiger. “I would have thought by this point in time that it would have been resolved and one would have prevailed and the other one said, ‘OK, thank you very much, but I’m going somewhere else.’ That hasn’t happened.”
To the contrary, at this critical point, both sides claim they’re getting ready to start building.