Another brick in the dirt: McFarland Mall demolition continues

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Anneliese Taggart

As the T-town State Fair brings thrill-seeking residents to the intersection of Skyland and McFarland boulevards this month, Tuscaloosa business mogul Stan Pate is tearing down another portion of McFarland Mall.

The first to go was the section that once held department store Dillard’s, back in 2008. Since then, the once-bustling mall has been on a decade-plus long demolition. On Wednesday, Pate demolished the original mall’s major entrance. What was at one time a food court, arcade, clothing store Goody’s and more is now a pile of rubble like the rest of the mall, save the still-standing and still-operating Dollar Tree.

While no one knows what the future holds for the property, the possibilities are endless, said District 7 Tuscaloosa Council Member Cassius Lanier.

“I have dreams for Top Golf, Buc-ee’s or Bass Pro Shops,” Lanier said. “It’s wide open for suggestions and I think we’ve got a lot of opportunities”

Tuscaloosans seem hopeful about what could come to the prominent spot for drivers entering the city from U.S. Highway 82 or driving past on Interstate 20/59.

“I have good memories here but I am happy to see the city evolving,” said resident Terence Parham.

While the city of Tuscaloosa and Pate, who’s owned the location since 2008, don’t always see eye-to-eye, Lanier said he’s hopeful for the location’s future.

“I think everybody is gonna work together for a common cause, a common goal,” said Lanier. “I’m working personally, hand in hand with Mr. Pate, and I do believe also that the mayor wants to see what’s best for the city as well. When you put all those things together, we seem to be on the same accord.”

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