Department store magnate Al Boscov gives Scranton $700K to make good on struggling mall loan


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SCRANTON, Pennsylvania — A department store magnate has made a six-figure donation to a northeast Pennsylvania city to make good on a loan tied to a struggling shopping mall.

Al Boscov gave a $715,173 check to Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright on Monday, saying he felt obligated to repay the city even though it wasn't legally required.

The Times-Tribune reports ( ) Boscov's payment covers the city's $612,480 loan for The Mall at Steamtown plus $102,693 interest.

The newspaper says a $1.8 million balance on the city's loan to Steamtown Mall Partners still hasn't been paid back. Boscov is a partner in that firm.

Boscov says negotiations continue on the mall's ownership with a bank-affiliated company that acquired it through foreclosure in July from Steamtown Mall Partners.

Boscov's is the mall's lone anchor tenant.

Information from: The Times-Tribune,

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