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County wants old mall anchor fully demolished

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(WMC-TV) – Signs still welcome shoppers to Raleigh Springs Mall.  Though far fewer come 40 years after its construction.

"This was the old Wolfchase," said neighbor Mary Badgett.  "Everybody came to the Raleigh Springs Mall," she added.

Badgett wishes more could be done with the old mall.

"Something that is pretty, and useful," said Badgett. 

Mall management took a swing at things last fall by demolishing the former JC Penney.  It was one of four long-empty anchor stores.  But the county now says the job was incomplete.

"It looks like a tornado has come through the neighborhood and taken off the roof and left part of the roof hanging," said Shelby County spokesman Steve Shular.

Aside from aesthetics, Shular pointed out safety hazards.

"And if you look just anywhere you're going to see all kinds of things literally right on the verge of falling," said Shular.

There is also evidence of homeless inhabitants inside this area where Penney's once connected to the rest of mall.

"Actually from the initial destruction of the JC Penney store, that permit is still actually open," said Shular.  "Which means code enforcement can go back now to the demolition company and say we need you to come out and do a few more things," he added.

"I think they need to do something with it," said Badgett.

Mall managers did not return phone calls from Action News 5.

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