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By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

Construction doesn't always mean growth. The new center could actually bring McGaheysville back to what it used to look like.

"Back years ago I remember McGaheysville having wooden sidewalks," John Hopkins says.

And you might remember Stumps Place and many other stores.

"There were all kinds of shops you didn't have to go to Harrisonburg there were doctor's offices there were dentist's offices in McGaheysville," Hopkins says.

Now, McGaheysville only has a handful of shops, and Hopkins wants to change that.

Construction is underway for "Old Town." It'll have convenience shops, like a bank, a food store, and a place to get your haircut. Sort of bringing you back in time.

"It's a feeling that you are a person in this little village you belong somewhere if you go to Harrisonburg right now nobody knows who you are," Hopkins says.

It may not look like much now but it could be just what McGaheysville needs-it has worked for other Valley communities. Like here, at Broadway Station.

"It brings not just people from Broadway, but other people. While they're in Broadway they see wow look what else is here and they tell their friends and before you know it-Broadway is a happening place," Kyle O'Brien says.

And both shopping centers are keeping money in the county.

"Instead of running off to Harrisonburg and spending money the county people, Lord only knows, every cent if you can spend in the county-helps everybody," Hopkins says.

Construction could be finished within a year. But, Hopkins is still looking for stores to fill the center.


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