Owner has no quick plan for Marleys
Published: January 23, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - Don't expect to see any new businesses on the site of the recently closed Virgin Marleys anytime soon.
According to property owner Ahmad Abdallah, no one currently is scheduled to move into the soon-to-be vacant property.
While there are no businesses ready to move in, that doesn't mean there won't be change coming to the area.
"We're planning on putting up a couple of buildings," Abdullah said, but did not provide any further details.
Virgin Marleys was conceived as a community market that could help foster local merchants and artists. But after about a year of declining sales, Virgin Marleys was forced to close its doors for good.
Abdallah preferred not to discuss the specifics of rent for the land, saying only that Virgin Marleys owner Robert Hoskinson II paid "what he could."
However, Abdallah did offer his thoughts on the Virgin Marleys closure:
"We were hoping Virgin Marleys would do well, but it didn't have the support of the local people," he said.