Tanglewood Mall opened its doors 40 years ago.
Miss Virginia did the honors during the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and Tanglewood's first customers streamed into JC Penney and two other anchor stores, Leggett and Miller & Rhoads.
The mall wasn't complete on March 28th, 1973. Work continued inside, but it would quickly become the region's preeminent shopping center, a position it held through the early '80s.
Since then, the mall has seen its ups and downs, but it still has many loyal customers.
We met Larry Davis Thursday morning while he was walking inside the mall. "It's close. It's very convenient," he told us, "and you don't have the traffic you have on the other side of town."
Frances Barron agreed. "I think it's a great place. I really do," she said. "I've been shopping here ever since it was built."
The commercial areas with outside access are going strong at Tanglewood.
And the management believes a better economy will bring more tenants inside as well.
Brad Boothe is the mall's Marketing and Specialty Leasing Director. "A lot of retailers weren't looking to expand over the last few years," he said in an interview Thursday. "A lot of forecasts are saying come third and fourth quarter this year a lot of retailers will look to expand again. And we're starting to see some of that already with some of the interest we have received."
Tanglewood is now completing a deal for one of the larger vacant spaces inside the mall.