By Colleen Sikora | 12News
MESA, Ariz. — Once a busy center for shopping in Mesa, Fiesta Mall has been sitting empty and left vandalized for years.
But new plans submitted to the City of Mesa this week show potential ideas to demolish Fiesta Mall and build something completely different in its place.
The area surrounding Fiesta Mall continues to bear the name of the once-popular shopping center, signs show the area around Alma School Road and Southern Avenue is labeled as the ‘Fiesta District’ of Mesa.
“It’s a Fiesta District, but there’s no fiesta,” said Dennis Henry, co-owner of Konakava Wine Bar & Bistro.
Henry’s business moved in just north of the old Fiesta Mall about six months ago.
“We get a lot of questions as to what’s going on at the mall,” Henry said.
Zach Ondrejko, who owns Sikk Bicycles across the street to the west of the mall also moved his business there about six months ago.
Out his front window, there hasn’t been much to see, just some cars parked randomly and some police activity.
“Empty, ghostly, not much going on,” Ondrejko said.