BRADENTON - The DeSoto Square Mall used to be a bustling place, maybe the busiest place in North Bradenton for a long while. For those of you new to the Suncoast, it can be hard to imagine. And while DeSoto Square closed in 2021, a new investor wants to breathe new life into it.

According to Herald-Tribune retail and tourism reporter Laura Finaldi, the investor's name is Charles Jones. He's from Nashville and has a lot of investments from that area, usually involving individual parcels and mixed development.

Click on the above link in blue for Finaldi's full story, and watch the video for our interview on the new investor and a little about DeSoto Square's grand opening back in 1973.