A Tribute to the Gainesville Factory Shops

I remember this mall when it was in its prime.  It has changed since my last visit years ago.



When I look at the photo below, I like to imagine the crowds that used to shop here.


Here’s a look at one of the stores where customers used to get their ears pierced.


Here’s a fountain that is still in decent shape.   I won’t show you the amazing <more like macabre> bird skeleton that was in the fountain.  I got inside the fountain (it was absolutely dry – nothing gross inside) to take close-up photos of the bird.  Don’t worry, I will exercise judgement and not scare away my readers.



Now’s a good time to segue to the food court!


I was at the shops long enough for the outdoor lights to turn on.


As dusk approached my friend noticed something scampering among the bushes.  Fortunately I didn’t see it – because not only would I have screamed but I would have insisted on ending the adventure (maybe!)


A sign in disrepair.


While shopping at the last remaining store, I inquired about the future of the property.  I was informed the place had been sold recently.  I was able to confirm it with a story online through the Dallas Morning News.   http://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2016/12/27/new-owner-gainesville-factory-shops-plans-capitalize-proximity-winstar-casino

I look forward to seeing what happens to the property.



Camera:  Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (aka Rockalita Sunshine)
Lens:  My beloved 100 mm macro lens (Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L macro IS)
Date:  January 2017


Full disclaimer:  There was no fence or other form of barrier to keep people off the property.  A few people were cleaning inside the stores.  My friend spent a whopping $8.00 at the remaining store.  In short, my friend and I didn’t break the law.