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MATTHEW BECK/Chronicle
Soon, Rural King will be the one remaining anchor store inside the Crystal River Mall. Kmart, an established tenant since 1990, is scheduled to close the first week in April.

CRYSTAL RIVER -- Mark Twain in 1897 famously said reports of his death published in a New York newspaper had been “greatly exaggerated.”

Given a rash of bad publicity and an exodus of stores during the past year, the same can be said of the Crystal River Mall.

“Some people don’t think the mall is still open,” said manager Millie Bresnahan.

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