By Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Gallery shopping mall in Center City is set to undergo an overhaul and Wednesday was the last day for merchant’s who own kiosks to do business.

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The reconstruction project is intended to attract more high end stores, and the mall is pushing out kiosk operators. Heather Crowell — Vice President of Communications for PREIT, which owns the mall — says it’s an important step for The Gallery:

“We’ve spent ten years acquiring three blocks of real estate and think there’s a huge opportunity to enhance the retail offerings in the city of Philadelphia.”

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Rodney King’s t-shirt and bargain book stand is being shut down.

“It’s a sad story,” he says. “You have people who have been out here 25 years, 25-30 years, put their kids through college, bought their homes. They don’t know what they’re going to do now.”

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King wishes he had another month to stay in business to save up some money. He says he’s now trying to find a small retail space, but they are tough to come by during winter.