A dead mall
I always liked Brookwood Village. It was never convenient enough for me to visit on a regular basis, but I like the fact that there was this unexpected little place tucked away in Homewood somewhere in suburbia between the Riverchase Galleria and Century Plaza. It was two levels, but really only in the center. Each wing was only a top level with covered parking beneath. I always admired weirdly designed gems like this.
Colonial Properties took over the shopping center in 1997 and renamed it Colonial Brookwood Village. They embarked on an extensive renovation, increasing the center to over 750,000 square feet. In 2001, the work was complete and a new line of outdoor facing shops framing the central area of the mall opened.
Over the decades of the mall's life, Pizitz first became McRae's then Parisian before finally becoming a Belk, ultimately closing in 2018. The Rich's was first rebranded as Rich's-Macy's then only Macy's. This location closed in 2022. Between the two closings, the interior of the rest of the mall accelerated in number of vacancies.
Brookwood Village, as much as I loved it, has unfortunately been deemed redundant. I love that it outlasted competitors Century Plaza and Eastwood Mall, and even lived long enough to witness the decline of Riverchase. The world needs more cool little places like this, and when it finally meets the wrecking ball it will be a sad day.