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Major changes planned for Sacramento's Town and Country Village Shopping Center

10:38 PM, Aug 22, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Donahue Schriber, the company that owns Town and Country Village Shopping Center, could be close to announcing its plans for the shopping mall.  

In the meantime, they're tearing a lot of it down.

"They bulldozed Aldo's (Restaurant)," resident Randy Bailey said. "I miss Aldo's. It was there for years and years."

Built by developer Jere Strizek just after World War II, Town and Country may have been the first outdoor shopping mall built in California, it might even be more significant than that.

"What I understand from the historians, is that this was the first outdoor mall west of the Mississippi," said Steve Anderson, whose father and father's twin brother opened Anderson Brothers Pharmacy at the shopping center in 1949.

Now, the pharmacy is the last of the original businesses left.

"It's changed a lot, and taken on the shape more of a standard strip mall, but it used to be a very unique spot," Anderson said.

It was a success, of course, but when it was first built, there was apparently some doubt that it would be.

"It was so far from the middle of town, they thought it would fail," long time resident Del Skaggs said. "It was a long trip out here on a little two lane road called Fulton Avenue."

Now, none of the current shop owners really knows what's coming, although the expectation is that it could be the addition of big box stores.

There are plenty of people, however, who remember the center's glory days.

"We do reminisce with our customers, the older ones," Fabric Garden Quilt Shop employee Carol Santa Rosa said. "It's just really fun.  We will miss that."

"It's a little sad to see things change," Anderson said. "It's a difficult market for the boutique type of shops that were here."

By Jonathan Mumm, jmumm@news10.net

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