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Festival Bay Mall I-Drive

Discussion in 'Other Orlando & Central Florida Tourist Spots' started by wdwbiged, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. wdwbiged

    wdwbiged Rookie

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    So i was over at Festival Bay Mall on I-Drive the other day two things I wanted to bring up about it one is in the back of the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World there is a huge hanging shark just like outside Jaws (sorry forgot to take photo) 2nd is I can't recall but people were saying the mall is going to close soon and anyway the birds have told me Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Cinemark 20 Theatres, Universal Orlando store, Putting Edge Fun Center, and Ron Jon Surf Shop and going to stay but the rest of the mall is going to be torn down and remade into like a strip mall
     
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    The redevelopment of the mall is going to be designed by Paragon Outlets (link), and apparently it will be completely open-air. Their plan is to "turn this enclosed mall inside-out and give it a brand-new format and façade." Below is a conceptual drawing they have posted on their site. I think it looks chic enough to finally be a legitimate competitor against Millenia, and perhaps it will entail with it some new developments around that area.

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    Downtown Disney says what??? LOL.
     
  4. wdwbiged

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    i wonder how long this would take to do... kind of sad that it's so dead cause they have a nice looking inside
     
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    I've never been there but they have a Universal store there?
     
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    A large retailer has already been looking into this area to open a high volume prototype store. The 1.5 mile stretch from Sand Lake Rd to the outlet malls entrance is going to be a huge area of redevelopement over the next few years.
     
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    I was a big fan of Putting Edge when it first opened. Hopefully this new project will encourage them to renovate some things themselves.
     
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    Reminds me of the Avenues in Viera. I used to go all the time and it was pretty cool. I wouldn't mind visiting it once I move back.
     
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    Yep. It's more of an outlet store.
     
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    Weren't they going to build some kind of Park there at one time? I know there is piles of dead area, I have not been there since Steve and Barry's closed.
     
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    what happened to this place?
    I stopped by Bass Pro last night (Saturday night, St.Patricks day and Spring break) and ventured into the mall. There were maybe 15 open stores. The universal store was pretty dead, it didn't look well stocked (just a few t-shirt racks and stuffed animals that covered maybe 1/3 the store). There were more people in Bass Pro than in the rest of the mall (though I didn't go in Ron Jon or the Cinemark).
    I hadn't been there in like 5 years (or whenever sharkboy and Lavagirl came out (don't ask)) and it was fairly crowded back then and all the stores were open. Last night was the exact opposite.
     
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    It's been dead for the past several years I've been here with more stores closing each year. The Universal Store is closing soon.

    I haven't been in a while myself, but when I would see a movie it was here cause they have very cheap tix for the early showtimes.
     
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    Oh please speed this up! I can't tell you how much it COULD effect me.
     
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    I went to the mall for the first time last month to see the Universal Store and it was so f-ing creepy. I will post a pic I have dubbed as "Dawn of the Dead." This was on a Sunday in the middle of the day.

     
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    Yes the Universal Store is closing inside the mall most store are while they get ready to tear it down and build again to more of an outside mall
     
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    A lot of malls in the Central Florida area seem to be like this. I was at the Florida Mall recently and while it wasn't as bad as that picture seems to indicate, I was surprised by how many empty stores there were. I guess one day, we won't have shopping malls at all.
     
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    I like that we're moving towards open air shopping centers. For whatever reason I greatly prefer them over malls. As well they seemed to fair better in the recession. The Winter Garden Village not only grew during the recession but opened up new stores. While the Fla Mall, Festival Bay, and West Oaks had tenants leaving in droves.
     
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    I miss Fudruckers :'(
     
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    From Orlando Sentinel

     
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    I don't feel like that's going to be a very good concept for the area...
     

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