Concord Mall sports card store, fitness center calling it quits

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A Concord Mall memorabilia and sports card shop is closing its doors at the end of January. Also closing is a Retro Fitness location.

AB Sports had operated in the mall for more than a decade.

The store was a popular destination for Flyers, Phillies, Eagles and 76ers fans and was known to cost card signings that attracted large crowds.

The store also made card donations to the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia.

The Retro Fitness store closing late last week, with members able to use their memberships at a location on Kirkwood Highway west of Wilmington.

The mall on Route 202 has seen a rising vacancy rate as chain and independent retailers go out of business and shoppers turn to regional malls like Christiana Mall and the stores around its boundaries.

It was recently announced the the store, anchored by Macy’s, Sears and Bosccov’s was sold by Delaware-based Allied Retail Properties.

Plans for an upgrade of the mall have long been a part of the rumor mill, as well as a destination fitness center. However, neither nothing has materialized.

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