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Waco's Richland Mall Slated for Multimillion-Dollar Facelift

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A multi-million-dollar facelift is coming to a central Texas shopping center.

Waco's Richland Mall was last updated nearly 20 years ago. Now the management company that runs the property says it's time for an upgrade.

It's already a popular place for shoppers and mall-walkers. Fred and Glenda Wheeler do both.

"Between Penny's and Dillard's, for me, it's got most things," Glenda said.

And now it'll have a little more -- a modern look.

Thursday property managers CBL & Associates announced a major overhaul to both the outside and inside of the building.

"This is something that we've been working on for quite a long time," said Todd Anderton, regional marketing director for CBL.

The multi-million-dollar renovation will upgrade the entrances, the floors, lighting, decor, landscaping -- the whole nine yards. Even lounge areas with soft seating like couches.

The majority of the work is going to take place after mall hours. So mall management and store owners are hoping it won't affect business here.

In fact, they hope it helps business.

"We'll have a lot of people, just from past experience, who will say, 'I haven't been here in forever, but I had to come out and see what was going on,'" Anderton said.

They need it: The newer Central Texas Marketplace just down the road is big competition.

"There's a lot of the same tenants that you would find in a Richland Mall that you would find in a Central Texas Marketplace," Richland general manager Kandace Menning said.

And the tenants at the mall are seeing the difference.

"There's new stores going in over there," said Amy Simons, manager of Regis, a salon at Richland. "They're freshly painted, new, nicer, and that's going to bring people in."

The shoppers we talked to think the upgrades will bring people back.

"I think it's perfect. I like that," Rosalind Barnes, a regular shopper, said when we showed her the new designs.

It's been 18 years since the last one; it's just time to renovate again.

"This mall's been here for a long time," Fred Wheeler said.

And with the changes, the management group hopes it'll be here a lot longer.

The redesign doesn't add any new floor space to the property.

The mall hopes to have the renovations complete by November, in time for the holiday shopping season.

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