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Columbia Mall looking to expand consumer options beyond retail stores

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) The Columbia Mall is looking to expand itself beyond its current shopping experience by adding entertainment and other businesses into the mall. Discussions of the malls future retail and infrastructure plans were discussed during the Regional Economic Development Inc. meeting on Wednesday. Rusty Strodtman, senior manager of the Columbia Mall, said infrastructure

Missouri sales tax holiday is this weekend, opt-outs not available for first time

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) This weekend is Missouri’s annual sales tax holiday. Families will be able to shop for clothing and school items without paying sales or local tax on those items. The 2023 Back-to-School holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends Sunday. This year’s holiday is different than previous years because local counties

Last-minute holiday shoppers hit up Columbia Mall before incoming snow

As the countdown for an incoming drop in temperatures continues, so do preparations for the nearing cold weather. For some, that included knocking out some last-minute holiday shopping.  Rusty Strodtman, general manager of the Columbia Mall, said stores were much busier than a typical Wednesday. Among the shopping crowd was Mizzou junior Elizabeth Ganey, who

Columbia business set to host holiday event to help local vendors

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) Andrea Lyn Events, a local Columbia business is hosting a Holiday Makers Market event that is focused on helping small businesses while celebrating the upcoming holidays. Some small businesses have had to make adjustments during the past holiday season due to the pandemic. According to, 35% of small business owners have

Officials tell residents to prep early before the incoming snowstorm

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) On Monday afternoon, the city of Columbia sent out a release, warning of the dangers of the upcoming storm and telling residents they should prepare early before the severe weather hits the area. Columbia said residents should run errands and shop for groceries early to avoid traveling during the bad weather. The

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Staying safe during the holiday shopping season

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) The holiday shopping season is in full swing and so are the thieves. The happiest time of the year gives crooks opportunities to steal your purchases. There are a number of ways to stay safe this holiday season. One major key is to always beware of your surroundings. Do not be distracted

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