LITTLE ROCK — The Pines mall in Pine Bluff, which has struggled for years to keep tenants, has a new owner.

LITTLE ROCK — The Pines mall in Pine Bluff, which has struggled for years to keep tenants, has a new owner.

Houston, Texas-based Weiner Development announced Thursday it has purchased the property and will officially take control of the mall Dec. 29. The company did not announce the purchase price.

“We’re going to try to revive (the mall),” Weiner Development spokeswoman Robin Varner said, adding that company’s goal is to make sure current tenants are happy, attract new tenants and develop programs and events that are family-friendly.

The 700,000 square-foot mall opened in the late 1980s. Its former owner, General Growth Properties, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009. The company owns several other malls nationwide.

Varner said Andy Weiner, owner of Weiner Development, recently met with Pine Bluff Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr. and officials with the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce to discuss the purchase.

“We are very excited that this group is purchasing the mall and we are looking forward to some great things happening,” said Lou Ann Nesbitt, president and chief executive of The Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County, which includes the chamber.

Redus did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday. Weiner Development, which formed in 1997, is a shopping center development, acquisition, leasing and management company which focuses on properties in the southern and central United States.

It has purchased and developed a number of malls over the 14 years, including the Vickburg Mall in Vickburg, Miss., in late 2010. In April, a number of new stores opened in that mall, according to the company’s website.