CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Town Center continues to be not just a shopping center, but also a construction zone.
"I really like what I've seen so far," said Donna Nicholas, 56, a resident of Lenore, Mingo County. "And I think the Center Court will be beautiful once they finish."
Nicholas is excited to see how the renovations will turn out. She comes to the mall at least once a month to shop and allow her children to hang out.
Her daughter Megan, 16, is also eager to see the renovations completed.
"I love it," Megan said.
The renovations are impossible to miss.
Center Court is undergoing a significant facelift. The old fountain has been removed and a smaller fountain will soon be up and running, said Lisa McCracken, mall marketing director.
The concrete for the new fountain, which is much smaller than the old, has been poured. It will take about a week to cure, and construction workers then will resume work around it.
"It's really exciting," McCracken said.
The new fountain's smaller size will mean more seating can be added to the Center Court area around Starbucks, she said. The fountain should be turned on sometime in late November or early December, McCracken said.
Thurman Brewer, 75, of Kermit, also in Mingo County, also thinks the renovations will be worth the wait.
"It's going to be nice once it's finished," he said.
Brewer comes to the mall about once a month, he said.
James Taylor, 67, of St. Albans, often walks the mall corridors when the weather is too bad for him to exercise outside. The construction work has been no deterrent.
"It (construction) doesn't bother me in the least," he said.
Taylor, who was an electrician, said he worked on the mall when it was being built 29 years ago.
McCracken said complaints from customers about the construction are few.
Mall staff members clean up dust and debris before opening for business at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 12:30 p.m. on Sundays.
"We've worked hard to keep the customers out of the shopping center in the early-morning hours as the cleaning crews come in and take care of the dust," McCracken said.