The Kandi Mall in Willmar has a new name. The mall's new name is now Uptown Willmar.


The mall is owned by RockStep Capital of Houston, Texas.  RockStep Capital is also rebranding its other malls with the name Uptown. They include not only Uptown Willmar, but also Uptown Hot Springs, Uptown Virginia, Uptown Meridian, Uptown Janesville, Uptown Aberdeen, Uptown McComb, Uptown Hutch, Uptown Vicksburg, Uptown Christiansburg, and Uptown Scottsbluff.

The company says the current situation with COVID-19 is part of the reason for the rebranding along with the competition from on-line shopping in recent years