'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.