FORT COLLINS, Colo. - You could call it the ultimate recycling achievement.
Like so many indoor malls, the once iconic Foothills Fashion Mall in Ft. Collins had fallen out of vogue and into disrepair. It was virtually dead in the late 2000s.
Now, just a few short years later, it is on the verge of a major resurgence. A nearly $268 million public-private revitalization effort.
And many are banking on it - once again - becoming the entertainment and cultural hub it was in the 70's, 80s and 90s.
This Thursday, H&M and Nordstrom Rack open.
"Yeah, I'm excited for it to open," said Kimberly Ross. “For the past few years I had been going to Old Town and Centerra, primarily, to do my shopping. You had to drive.”
After years of demolition, planning and transformation, Foothills Mall is all new again, rolling out unique store openings over the next several weeks.
"Nordstrom Rack is great,” said Rachel Shoemaker. “I used to live in San Diego and that was a really awesome store, so it's nice to have."
Especially considering what Foothills had come to symbolize to many. A blighted, dying, out-of-date eyesore.
"It was really kind of a sad mall to come to a couple years ago," said Shoemaker.
Alberta Development, the same group that redeveloped the Streets at Southglenn, is popping the cork on a new shopping experience here.
“We're not big high-end shoppers, but there's a lot of really nice things coming," said Shoemaker.
The other significant grand opening this month is the Cinemark theater and bistro. It opens October 29 and features floor to ceiling screens, in-theater dining, beer and wine – as well as premium electric-powered recliners.
The total area of the Foothills redevelopment site is 77 acres.
The official, holiday grand-opening is scheduled for Friday, November 13 with a tree lighting, entertainment and musical performances.