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'Encore' to follow McFarland Mall

{}{}{} Tilda Mims remember when the defunct McFarland Mall was built.{} "This was done when I was a in junior high school," she said.

{}{}{}{} Backhoes started tearing down the Mall Wednesday, to make room for 'Encore' which will be the mall's new name.{} "This has been abandoned so long, I'm glad to see something beautiful come here," added Mims.

{}{}{}{} Owner Stan Pate is investing $75 million dollars to build an open-air , family geared mall to replace McFarland Mall.

{}{}{}{}{} It could once again make{}the corner of Skyland and McFarland Boulevard a main shopping area in Tuscaloosa.

{}{}{}{}{} "Its unique in that it has that interstate access.{} He'll be able to get some businesses that really desire that interstate attraction," said Brendan Moore, Director of Economic Development for the City of Tuscaloosa.

{}{}{}{}{} Pate hopes to complete demolition of the old Mall by July.{}{} Encore is expected to open in late 2015 or early 2016.

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