Orchards Mall's new owner: rescuer or bad apple?

The Orchards Mall in Benton Township, pictured June 20, has been sold to investor Mike Kohan of Great Neck, N.Y. Ammy Jannert, the mall’s manager, said she is confident the new owner will revitalize the property built in 1979.

BENTON TOWNSHIP - The new owner of the Orchards Mall wants to take it back to its roots as the area's retail center.

"We're going to fill it up and bring it back," said mall manager Ammy Jannert in announcing Thursday the sale of the mall to the Kohan Retail Investment Group of Great Neck, N.Y. "We're going to turn it back into a real shopping center. There is a breath of air coming in to breathe new life back in."