By the dawn of the 21st century, NORTHWOODS MALL had triumphed over its nearby rival PEKIN MALL, leaving it decaying in the dust. However, a more formidable competitor soon arrived. THE SHOPPES AT GRAND PRAIRIE, an open-air lifestyle center, was officially dedicated in 2003.
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Perhaps as a "keeping up" measure, NORTHWOODS MALL was given a 20 million dollar face lift during 2005.
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As the refurbishment project unfolded, original seating areas and fountains were removed. A 10-bay Food Court was installed, along with new lighting and interior decor.
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