McFarland Mall is a regional 497,000-square-foot (46,200 m2) shopping mall on U.S. Route 11 (Skyland Boulevard East) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Located at the interchange of Interstate 20/59 with U.S. Route 82 (McFarland Boulevard), it is in the southern section of the city. After opening in February 1969, the mall has seen a steady decline since the opening of University Mall and as of 2009 was rumored as a potential site for demolition and major redevelopment.
Originally developed by Ward Wharton McFarland, when opened in February 1969, McFarland Mall was only the third fully enclosed mall constructed in the state of Alabama after Eastwood Mall in Birmingham and Bel Air Mall in Mobile. Constructed with only one-story, in 1975 Gayfers (subsequently Dillard's) added a second story and has since remained the only two story tenant.The mall's other anchor was originally Woolco, which closed in 1983. It later became Zayre and subsequently Drug Mart by 1990. The mall saw significant renovations in 1980 and again in 1993, with the addition of a 320-seat food court and atrium.The mall remained under the ownership of the McFarland family through 2009.
In May 2009 it was announced the Tuscaloosa developer Stan Pate had purchased the mall from Ward McFarland, Inc. ending the McFarland family association with the facility. The new owners have declared that they will be looking at many options to make the facility more profitable, from future renovations to completely demolishing the structure and building anew. With the demolition of Eastwood Mall in 2006, as of 2009, McFarland is the second oldest enclosed mall in the state of Alabama with only Bel Air Mall being constructed earlier.
As of 2009, the mall only has one anchor store, T.J. Maxx with the remaining two anchor spots vacant following the closing of Dillard's in 2008.and Goody's Family Clothing in 2009.