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The Spleen
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OT - McFarland Mall Memories
Saw that they're finally demolishing the remainder of McFarland Mall today. We lived in that area in the late 70's and early 80's, and I spent a lot of time in that mall. Saw the original Star Wars trilogy there, along with countless other movies over the years. Bought a bunch of records and tapes at Turtle's Records. Dropped a lot of tokens into the slots at Aladdin's Castle. Got a bunch of back-to-school clothes at Gayfers. Saw an old lady fall and break her hip at a square dancing exposition. Stood in the voting booth with my mom as she voted in the 1980 presidential election(she voted for Carter).


Bamadave68
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re: OT - McFarland Mall Memories
That saddens me as I have a lot of memories there too. Went with a dear sister in law to see Rocky III there and bought a lot of clothes there at Gayfers too. I live in Bham now but grew in Aliceville.


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14&Counting
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re: OT - McFarland Mall Memories
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Turtle's Records.


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Aladdin's Castle


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Gayfers


Those are some names you don't hear anymore


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bamapoet
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re: OT - McFarland Mall Memories
It's sad for some reason. I used to go to Gayfers all the time.


McGregor
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re: OT - McFarland Mall Memories
Remember seeing Close Encounters of the Third Kind there.

It was a dump in the 90's, can't believe it took this long.


hnds2th
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re: OT - McFarland Mall Memories
ABC store


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The Spleen
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re: OT - McFarland Mall Memories
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It was a dump in the 90's, can't believe it took this long.



Gayfers and the movie theater were the only things keeping it afloat in the 90's. Not sure when Dillard's moved in there. One of the last movies I saw in that theater was Titanic when I was home for Christmas. That was probably the last time I was in that mall as well.


BamalaAnderson
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re: OT - McFarland Mall Memories
I knew it well having grown up there.

Orange Julius


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JoseyWalesTheOutlaw
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re: OT - McFarland Mall Memories
I bought a lot of clothes at Gayfers as well as saw a lot of movies there in the late 60's and early 70's. The Pasquali's had some good sandwiches as well. The Morrisons was good.


The Spleen
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re: OT - McFarland Mall Memories
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The Morrisons was good.



I remember it being Piccadilly. My older brother said Morrison's moved to University Mall soon after it opened and Piccadilly moved in. Guess that was around 80 or 81.

Walking in that back entrance by the theater and getting hit with the smell of pizza from Pasquali's and popcorn from the theater is etched in my memory.


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CrimsonCoast
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re: OT - McFarland Mall Memories
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Not sure when Dillard's moved in there


I think Dillards bought Gayfers.


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Pastor Mike
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re: OT - McFarland Mall Memories
Orange Julius was the BOMB


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dirtsandwich
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re: OT - McFarland Mall Memories
I’ve been in the Vieux Carre a time or two.


auisssa
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re: OT - McFarland Mall Memories
Worked at Spiller Pets in college
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MrMojoRisin
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re: OT - McFarland Mall Memories
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Aladdin's Castle.


Is that the one with the entrance like a barrel? Was always magical to me as a kid.


The Spleen
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re: OT - McFarland Mall Memories
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Is that the one with the entrance like a barrel?


No that was Barrel Of Fun at University Mall.


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Evolved Simian
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re: OT - McFarland Mall Memories
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It was a dump in the 90's, can't believe it took this long.




TJ Maxx had a lease there until just a couple of years ago, even though they had moved. Stan Pate couldn't demolish it.


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BamaChemE
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re: OT - McFarland Mall Memories
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Worked at Spiller Pets in college


Got my childhood dog from Spiller Pets, and grew up working at AJ's next door


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14&Counting
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re: OT - McFarland Mall Memories
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Is that the one with the entrance like a barrel? Was always magical to me as a kid.


There used to be one at Brookwood Mall in Birmingham....get an Orange Julius and then go play the KISS or the Elton John pinball machine at Aladdin's Castle. Chick-Fil-A was a big deal too since it was just this weird chicken place you could only get at the mall. This way, way before they even thought about franchising and the mall was the only place that had one.


LovetheLord
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re: OT - McFarland Mall Memories
I was so in love with those arcade style games, that I bought a standup style 60-1 machine off of eBay about 8 years ago from the closeout of a guy's huge inventory. I still have that machine, but hardly play it anymore.


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