Photo courtesy of Auntie Anne's

ITHACA, N.Y. — Both Auntie Anne’s and Sears are coming back to the Ithaca Mall this fall.

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The national pretzel chain Auntie Anne’s will reopen a branch at the mall on Nov. 1 after closing for about a year-and-a-half, mall officials say in a news release.

Photo courtesy of Auntie Anne’s
Photo courtesy of Auntie Anne’s

“We are looking forward to being able to reconnect with all of our Ithaca Auntie Anne’s Pretzel lovers and also sharing our pretzel positivity with all the visitors to The Shops at Ithaca Mall,” said Cris Craft, owner at Auntie Anne’s, in the news release.

Sears Hometown Store — which sells home appliances, lawn and garden equipment, sporting equipment and other consumer goods — is hoping to reopen at the mall in October.

News emerged last fall that Sears would be closing suddenly, affecting 37 employees.

A news release did not detail if those same employees would be rehired. The Sears owner, however, touted the benefits for local job creation in a news release.

“We are looking forward to bringing the Kenmore and Craftsman name back to the Ithaca area along with creating jobs in the community,” said Mike Esch, the owner of the Sears Hometown Store, in a news release.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.