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The Eastland Mall food court is down to one vendor, the Great Steak and Fry Co. 

BLOOMINGTON — The Eastland Mall food court is down to a single vendor, but mall owner CBL Properties said it has no plans to leave.

The Great Steak is the remaining food vendor left in the mall's 28-year-old food court after Kobe's BBQ Japanese Express closed last week. Kobe's opened in the food court in July 2008.

"I don't have any information why they closed, but their last day of business was Feb. 28," said CBL spokeswoman Melissa Cavanagh.

The Pantagraph was unable to reach the owner of the shuttered restaurant for comment.

Great Steak was among the initial eateries to locate in the food court when it was developed in 1990. In the past, the food court featured as many as seven fast-food restaurants located around a central seating area in the space formerly occupied by Roland's department store.

"That does leaves one current (food court) vendor, Great Steak. We've heard nothing about them leaving," said Cavanagh.

"We absolutely are always looking for new tenants," she added. "That philosophy and business standpoint extends to the food court as well."

While there are no definite plans for the food court "there are constantly conversations happening and things in the works" that are not at the point where CBL can talk about them yet, she said.

Meanwhile, part of the former J.C. Penney store at the mall will be filled by Planet Fitness and family clothing retailer H&MOutback Steakhouse also will move from the Lakewood Plaza shopping center to a new building being constructed at the mall.

A fence is being erected around the Outback construction site in the northeast corner of the mall property. A land-lease agreement calls for Outback to construct and lease the building while CBL will retain ownership of the land.

H&M plans to open its 20,000-square-foot store this fall. An Eastland Mall site plan on CBL's website noted the fitness center could also open this fall.

"As far as I know, they are on schedule to open as they had planned," said Cavanagh.

CBL is still evaluating plans for the former Macy’s anchor space. 

And while Kohl's announced earlier this month it was bringing discount grocer Aldi into 10 of its stores later this year in a pilot test, CBL has not received any notice from Kohl's that its Eastland anchor could be among the sites. 

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