ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- More than thirty locally-owned businesses on the city's southeast side are setting up shop under one roof.
Today is the grand opening for the Southgate Mini-Mall off Sandy Hollow Road. 32 stores are opening in the 10,000 square foot space. The shops are selling clothes, shoes, jewelry, and dresses, among other items.
Cheri Wayman, Manager, says, "This concept has taken off in the Chicago area. They have a lot of the min-malls like this with the smaller store keepers. We are just thrilled."
The mini-mall already plans on expanding 10,000 more square feet to next door, which will allow 40 more stores. Organizers hope to open the expansion sometime in the spring.