The Meadowbrook Mall has been around for more than 30 years, but on Saturday and Sunday, officials and residents are celebrating its grand reopening to show off some major renovations.
Saturday marked the beginning of an era at the mall, as officials presented the building's brand new look to the public.
"This is a great day today. After many many months of work starting back in March and April of this year, we completely renovated the mall, gave it a completely new look and we're just completely thrilled how it came out, and today is a day to celebrate that," said Marcello Lalama, property manager of the Meadowbrook Mall.
The renovations, which cost more than $5 million, have been more than eight months in the making, and for many, the changes are welcome.
"I think they did an excellent job, especially with the carpeted floors. It's so much easier to walk on," said Jeanne Hyde of Worthington, who was out shopping with her family.
Mall officials brought in some very special guests to help celebrate the occasion, including Miss West Virginia and Disney stars Caroline Sunshine and Nathan Cress. Some fans waited for hours to meet them.
"I've waited about two, two-and-a-half hours," said Mallory Bell of Bridgeport.
"I'm here to propose to Nathan Cress. I probably won't even be able to say anything," said Destiny Scheuvront of Clarksburg.
Mayor Mario Blount said the mall belongs to all of North Central West Virginia, not just the residents of Bridgeport.
"When people come into the city of Bridgeport, and they want some details about where the retail sector is, the B&O taxes, the Meadowbrook Mall attracts from about a 70 mile radius, which encompasses about 19 counties," said Blount.
Festivities continued on Sunday, with an appearance by Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
Landau Eugene Murphy Junior performed several songs from his new Christmas album "Made for Two."
One dollar from each sale of his album will go to the Children's Home Society of West Virginia.
The ninth annual "Purchase with a Purpose," in which shoppers could purchase tickets to receive exclusive store discounts, also was held on Sunday.
The event has raised more than $140,000 for local nonprofits since it began in 2005.
Visit the Meadowbrook Mall's website for more information.