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'Field of Flags' parcel under contract

One thousand American flags flutter in the wind in a lot near the Albany Mall in September 2010. The annual  Field of Flags display is a memorial to 9/11 and a salute to past and present service men and women.

One thousand American flags flutter in the wind in a lot near the Albany Mall in September 2010. The annual Field of Flags display is a memorial to 9/11 and a salute to past and present service men and women.

ALBANY, Ga. -- Officials at the Albany Mall confirmed to the Albany Herald Friday that they were under contract for an open piece of land on Westover Boulevard, but would not say who was interested in buying the parcel used annually for the "Field of Flags" tribute for 9/11.

Albany Mall spokesperson Debra Rowe said that the piece of grassy land between Dillards and Outback Steakhouse was under contract for purchase.

One name that has surfaced in connection to the plot is outdoor retailer Gander Mountain, which recently opened a store in Valdosta and several others in Alabama. That was not confirmed by Aronov, the mall's parent company, or by Gander Mountain spokesperson Jess Myers.

"As you're aware, we're in the midst of a pretty big expansion right now and with stores opening up in Valdosta, Tuscaloosa and other locations in Alabama, that area has been one we've been interested in," Myers said. "But usually we don't comment on these types of developments until after we've closed on the property."

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waltspecht 1 year, 6 months ago

Great, any business coming into Dougherty County is most welcome to share in the costs of maintaining the County. A little thing that has lead many other Businesses to leave the County.

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tocar 1 year, 6 months ago

We welcome any business here. The Field of Flags can be moved to another area and we can still offer a tribute to 9/11. It is honorable that we remember these victims, but it is more important that we remember with our hearts. People are pushing activities in the Riverfront areas. Why could we not have a Field of Flags lighted in this area?

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rightasrain 1 year, 6 months ago

Thieves, thugs, vandals; really tocar, where is your brain? Riverfront? My side hurts, I'm laughing so...

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GG126 1 year, 6 months ago

Stop laughing. Thieves and thugs could have easily vandalized the mall tribute but they didn't.

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tocar 1 year, 6 months ago

There are other areas around the mall area too or on Ledo road.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 6 months ago

Maybe it's a Carrabbas. Then again there's not many Title Pawns in NW Albany....maybe that's it.

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Hoodie 1 year, 6 months ago

Academy Sports would be a better option then Gander Mountain we drive to Macon monthly to buy sports gear at Academy Sports

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FryarTuk 1 year, 6 months ago

Hopefully its' not another box store to crowd small retailers. Gander Mountain or similiar would be fine. I hope it happens.

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