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Big Changes Coming to Midway Mall

SHERMAN, TX --  Midway mall in sees thousands of customers each year, but, mall managers are trying to entice more.

Starting next month the mall will add some new attractions. These aren't the kind of changes that will allow you to leave the mall with more clothes, but rather, just a good time with family and friends.

Midway mall is undergoing several hundred thousand dollars in changes, starting with its movie theater.

"You'll come in, be able to get your drinks, enjoy the movie," said Midway Mall spokesman Jarrod Milner.

Starting next month midway theatre will be licensed to serve alcohol to movie-goers -- part of a plan to bring more customers into the mall and for store owners like Marcie Mckinsey -- it means more customers for everyone.

"It means a lot," said McKinsey, owner of McKinsey's A Cut Above. "It brings more traffic. This past summer we've had more people than last summer, so it's exciting seeing people come support their hometown mall."

Now the mall currently has about 50 permanent store front locations and several vacancies like this one behind me, but just a few years ago all of these businesses were full. But several mall store fronts and new stores coming to town opted instead for town center which has major traffic intersections running nearby.

"They're putting money into this place," Milner said of the mall's owners. "They're trying  to bring everybody back and make this place alive again, bring it to what it used to be and hopefully better."

Those owners plan to continue bettering the mall by adding a state of the art bowling alley next year, filling a community need since Lone Star Lanes permanently shut down after last year's storm.

"There's not really anywhere to bowl around here, so i feel like that would be really nice if they'd put a bowling alley in here," said Austin College student Brooks Ward. "If you could find a couple of things to get a younger population in here, it might be better for the mall in general."

 The mall is also starting a kiddie train that will be chugging all across the food court starting later this month.