Panama City, FL –
GRACEVILLE, Florida (WMBB) – The once popular shopping center, Vanity Fair, has been closed for months.
“Before it closed, we were going shopping. There was a small clothing store in there, ”said Amanda Watford, a resident of Graceville.
Watford said she had been living across the street from the old store for about a year.
She said it had been difficult to shop since it closed.
“The problem is just having to drive so long to get things, you know, for the house, or whatever. I mean, I even wanted the Dollar General to be upgraded to a market or something, ”Watford said.
The old store building is getting a new start.
McNeil Technologies Inc., a wastewater treatment infrastructure rehabilitation company, recently purchased the facility.
They said they plan to occupy about half of the estimated 100,000 square feet as their own offices.
The other half will be leased to commercial customers.
“I think anytime you can bring jobs to a community it’s a huge gain. So, it’s very exciting. We are very happy to welcome them, ”said Michelle Watkins, Director of the City of Graceville.
Watkins said the city has also partnered with McNeil Technologies to bring back one of Graceville’s traditions – Harvest Festival, which is normally hosted on the Vanity Fair property.
“We had to cancel for three years. Last year due to COVID, the year before a tropical storm, the year before Hurricane Michael, so we’re breathing new life into it this year. It’s exciting, ”Watkins said.
Watford said the festival will take place on October 16.
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