WYOMISSING, Pa. - A landmark in Wyomissing is coming down. Demolition of the VF Outlet Center's big "Red Building" took a big step forward Wednesday.
The building is expected to come down by the end of the month.
Equus Capital Partners of Philadelphia, the lead developer on the project, said the demolition will make way for new stores, restaurants, and offices.
Plans also call for demolishing part of the center's blue building. The other part will be the new headquarters for UGI Energy Services.
The VF Outlet is expected to move its retail operations to the Designers Place building sometime next year.
While the plans sound exciting, some current and former employees said it's bittersweet.
"It's just sad that everything is coming to end and that it's not going to be anything like it used to be," said Jennifer Morales, who noted that she's worked at the center for more than 20 years.
Morales came out to see the demolition and remember the good times.
"It was a lot of fun," she added. "It was a lot different when I started. We used to get hundreds of buses on a Saturday, and it was like a big family."
"[It's] sad, after all these years working in this complex," said Billy, who told 69 News that he was part of the cleaning crew at the center for 17 years. He even got to clean the iconic VF Outlet sign.
"When we cleaned up on the fifth floor, we used to, once in a while, go up there and clean it, wipe it down," he added.
But Billy said he knew the shopping center's days were numbered.
"I hope it comes out for the best for the people. That's how I look at it. It's not for the best for me now," Billy concluded.
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