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KSDK - Crestwood Court has been vacant since last fall. Now it's on the auction block and business owners in the area tell us they're watching what happens closely.

Monday was day one of the online auction, where bidding started at $1 million.

An empty mall means lots fewer cars coming up and down Watson Road and stopping in the businesses across the street.

Last year, a developer dropped redevelopment plans that included a movie theater, restaurants, a bowling alley, fitness center and a small grocery store when the city rejected its proposal for millions in Tax Increment Financing.

One of the managers of Saver's Thrift Superstore across from the mall says he's looking forward to buying the mall, and hopefully doing something good with it.

"I think with the mall being open, we would at least see 20 to 30 percent increase, as far as being more visible to the public. A lot of people don't even know we're here just because there's nothing else on Watson really for people to come shop," says Demetrious Riggins.

Bidding ends Wednesday.

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