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FLASHBACK 1970: Jackson Mall grand opening

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July 16, 1970: Jackson Mall opens at the corner of Woodrow Wilson and Bailey avenues with ribbon-cutting ceremony. Legendary WLBT weatherman Woodie Assaf was the Master of Ceremonies.

The city's first enclosed shopping center was anchored by Penny's, Gayfers and Woolco. It thrived throughout the 1970s, but it got some serious competition when Metrocenter opened in 1978. The opening of Northpark Mall in 1984, however, dealt a heavier blow. Penny's moved to Northpark in 1985, and Gayfer's made the move in 1987. Soon, the Jackson Mall had almost no retail tenants at all.

In the 1990s, after several attempts to revitalize or repurpose the property, it was finally reborn as the Jackson Medical Mall, attracting doctor's offices and other health-related tenants.

One of the original tenants, Piccadilly Cafeteria, remained open through the transition and is still serving customers today.

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