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Gun policy prompts second business to leave Parkdale Mall

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The newest slogan for Remote Control Hobbies is 'Here we grow again' but the store isn't getting bigger in Parkdale Mall.

It's moving out.

"We had to second think if we were going to stay. We made the decision we're going to leave because of the stance on concealed guns," Owner Cherilyn Mitchell said. "Now everyone is saying they're going to boycott the mall. I've gone from 150 tickets a day to two. Here it is on a Sunday and I have no traffic."

She's the second to leave. The first was Derek Poe, the owner of Golden Triangle Tactical who has received national attention for carrying his AR-15 slung over his back in the mall.

He was charged with disorderly conduct but said he was simply practicing his second amendment rights.

"I don't agree with what Mr. Poe did. I do believe we all have the right to do a concealed hand gun, Mitchell said.

Parkdale mall representatives have already said that the signs simply clarify an existing policy.

Mitchell finds a problem with the signs. They're posted on every entrance directly into the mall. But not at every entrance. Macy's, for example, has no sign.

"If only entrances into the mall have signs, how do customers who come to my store through Ashley's Furniture know they're in violation of mall rules?" Mitchell asked.

Mitchell will be taking her toy planes, trains and automobiles to Landis drive near Major and College.

"I am the type of business where people will come to me. When I move out of the mall I'll take all my customers with me," Mitchell said.

12News asked Parkdale Mall representatives Sunday whether they're concerned over the potential of more businesses moving out. Also, why stores like Macy's and Ashley's furniture do not have signs. The questions were forwarded to the Regional Marketing Director but 12News did not receive a response by Sunday night.

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