Workers put finishing touches on Hickory Ridge Mall

By Ben Watson - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Less than a month before the scheduled re-opening of Hickory Ridge Mall, workers spent Thursday cleaning and testing attractions like the carousel - a mainstay in the mall for decades.

"This is going to be a different type of mall, where you can come and get whatever you need," said Irma Cousins, a member of the mall's re-opening committee.

It has taken a lot to get the mall ready, after a tornado did extensive damage to the building.  But after months of work and $4.9 million in renovations, the mall is nearly ready to open.

Mall committee member Marquetta Smith said visitors will see exciting new stores and restaurants when Hickory Ridge re-opens on April 3.

"We see God's hands working," Smith said. "This is an awesome, awesome way this community is getting ready to come back together because of God's hand."

The idea to re-open the mall grew out of a vision by Apostle Alton Williams of World Overcomers Church to take back the Hickory Hill community.  Action News 5 is teaming up with the church to promote the reopening and the huge parade scheduled to highlight the event.

"It's all about community unity and our goal is to rebuild Hickory Hill," Cousins said.

The parade will also honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose daughter Bernice will serve as Grand Marshall.

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