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June 25, 1987: Shoppers flock to the grand opening of The Jacksonville Landing. (Times-Union archive)

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June 25, 1987: Teresa Bennett, left, mimes riding a bicycle race while Pamela Enochs feigns excitement during a routine inside The Jacksonville Landing during the festival marketplace's grand opening. (Times-Union archive)

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June 25, 1987: Shoppers explore the center court area of The Jacksonville Landing, including the Founder Food Hall and its food court on the upper level. (Times-Union archive)

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July 1, 1987: A week after The Jacksonville Landing's opening, crowds continue to get a first look at downtown's new centerpiece. Several push-cart vendors operate on the upper level, near the food court and other restaurants. (Times-Union archive)

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June 25, 1988: Bob Hamilton and his niece, Ashley Rust, 6, watch the fireworks display on the first anniversary of the opening of The Jacksonville Landing. (Times-Union archive)

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Dec. 13, 1988: Diners queue up at several of the Landing's food court vendors -- including Hovan, Flamers Charbroiled Burgers, and Fantastic Family Fried Chicken -- on the upper level of the shopping center. Some of the vendors begin to worry that there isn't enough traffic to support all of the food court's operators. (Times-Union archive)

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Dec. 13, 1989: Construction continues on the Barnett Tower (now known as Bank of America tower) two blocks from The Jacksonville Landing. The project would bring hundreds of additional workers -- and potential Landing customers -- downtown. (Times-Union archive)

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June 23, 1992: Nearing the Landing's fifth anniversary, customers stroll the courtyard during the lunch hour. (Times-Union archive)

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Aug. 3, 1992: President George Bush waves to the crowd just after arriving at the Jacksonville Landing during a campaign stop. (Times-Union archive)

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Jan. 6, 1993: Everything Yogurt, one of the Landing's original food court vendors, stands empty after closing on New Year's Eve. (Times-Union archive)

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Nov. 30, 1993: Members of the Jacksonville Jaguars Boosters Club celebrate at the Hooters restaurant and bar at The Jacksonville Landing after the NFL's announcement that Jacksonville would be an expansion city. (Times-Union archive)

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Dec. 30, 1994: Jacksonville Landing employee Chris Hebel sets up the sound system on the stage in advance of New Year's Eve celebrations. (Times-Union archive)

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Feb. 9, 1995: Two shoppers stroll a Landing corridor one evening. With few shoppers in the evening hours, Landing owners want to transform it into a nighttime destination by adding restaurants and clubs. (Times-Union archive)

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July 9, 1996: In the Landing's courtyard, a crowd awaits the arrival of the Olympic Torch bound for the Summer Games in Atlanta. (Times-Union archive)

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Jan. 1, 2000: Thousands of spectators pack The Jacksonville Landing to usher in the new millennium with a midnight fireworks show. (Times-Union archive)

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May 18, 2000: The Jacksonville Landing is shown in this aerial shot. (Times-Union archive)

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Nov. 1, 2002:  University of Georgia and University of Florida fans gathers  at the Jacksonville Landing for a concert and party as a part of the annual Georgia-Florida rivalry weekend. In the center of the ourdoor courtyard, Chasity House,  left, and friend Kimberly Carey, both of Athens, Ga., dance in celebration. (Times-Union archive)

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Nov. 12, 2003: A few months after buying The Jacksonville Landing, Toney Sleiman, the President of Sleiman Enterprises, shows the plans he has to renovate and expand the usage of the existing building and surrounding property. (Times-Union archive)

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Dec. 31, 2003: In advance of the Gator Bowl, the West Virgina University marching band performs for a large crowd of football fans during a pep rally for the team at The Jacksonville Landing. (Times-Union archive)

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Feb. 3, 2005: Three days before Super Bowl XXXIX, Lance Herrera of Boynton Beach, left and his brother, Mike Herrera, search for tickets to the big game at the Landing's center courtyard. (Times-Union archive)

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Feb. 5, 2005: On the eve of Super Bowl XXXIX, fans and visitors pack The Jacksonville Landing. (Times-Union archive)

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Feb. 6, 2005: A New England Patriots fan displays a special edition of the Times-Union following his team's win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Nov. 25, 2005: Fireworks explode over the St. Johns River following the annual lighting of a 50-foot Norwegian spruce Christmas tree at The Jacksonville Landing. (Times-Union archive)

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July 1, 2006: Named after socialite and reality TV star Paris Hilton, Club Paris opens at the Jacksonville Landing. The club closed within a year. (Times-Union archive)

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Nov. 12, 2007: Chilly weather lent a Christmas feel to the City of Jacksonville tree lighting ceremony at the Jacksonville Landing. The Norway Spruce was actually lit on November 23, 2207. (John Pemberton/The Times-Union)   

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Oct. 7, 2008: Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin  speaks to the crowd during a rally at The Jacksonville Landing Tuesday. (Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union)

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Sept. 18, 2009: Country music fans cheer during a free country concert at the Jacksonville Landing  (Jon Fletcher/The Florida Times-Union)

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July 13, 2010: The Andrew Jackson statue was moved from the lawn of the JacksonvilleLanding at the corner of Hogan and Water Street to center of the Laura and Water Street roundabout . (Bruce Lipsky/The Florida Times-Union)

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Oct. 1, 2011: Attendees of the Filipino Pride Festival enjoy the festivities at the Jacksonville Landing.  (Tyler Neimeyer/For the Times-Union)

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Sept. 1, 2012: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan talk to the crowd from the stage during their appearance at a rally at the Jacksonville Landing. (Bob Mack/The Florida Times-Union)

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Aug. 9, 2013: An aerial view of the Jacksonville Landing and Main Street Bridge from the River Club in the Wells Fargo building. (Bob Mack/The Florida Times-Union)

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June 28, 2014:  The Great Race, made its last overnight stop at The Jacksonville Landing. The 1948 Buick Super 8 styled as a tribute to a classic Bugatti Atlantic from the 1930's drew Lionel Roberts, a supervisor for the Downtown Ambassadors riding a Segway. (Bob Mack/The Florida Times-Union)

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Sept. 27, 2014: Crowds of spectators gathered against the railings of the Jacksonville Landing to watch as more than 1,000 athletes representing 48 dragon boat teams powered across the St. Johns River in a series of competitive races at the Jacksonville Dragon Boat Festival. ((Christina Kelso/ For the Times-Union) 

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Oct. 18, 2014: Sounds of the Spanish language echo throughout the Jacksonville Landing as crowds of people gather to celebrate Hispanic music, dance and visual arts at Eco Latino's 7th Annual Hispanic Art Walk. (Christina Kelso/For the Times-Union)

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Jan. 1, 2015: Members of the Parris Island Marine Corps Band perform during a pep rally at the Jacksonville Landing on the Friday before the TaxSlayer Bowl game.  (Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union)


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Jan. 26, 2015: A view of the Jacksonville Skyline with (left to right) The BB&T Building, The Jacksonville Landing, the SunTrust Building, the Bank of America Building and the Wells Fargo Building.  (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union)

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July 2, 2015: The Main Street Bridge with the Jacksonville Landing in the background.  (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union)

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Aug. 29, 2015: Mavericks at the Landing (Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union)

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Nov. 28, 2015: View of the Jacksonville Landing Christmas Tree from the Southbank of the St. Johns River. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union)

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June 14, 2016: The central courtyard with the fountain and stage area is often the site of events.(Bob Mack/The Florida Times-Union,) 

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June 14, 2016: One of the original tenants, Hooters, anchors the western wing of the mall.   (Bob Mack/ The Florida Times-Union) 

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June 14, 2016: The eastern part of the mall shows several empty stores near an ad for all The Landing has to offer.  (Bob Mack/The Florida Times-Union) 

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June 20, 2017: The Jacksonville Landing is seen in downtown Jacksonville. (Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union)

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June 20, 2017: The Jacksonville Landing. (Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union)


With its opening in 1987, The Jacksonville Landing showed great promise for reviving Jacksonville's downtown. Though the Landing was never able to live up to its expectations, it remains the one place where visitors and residents come together on several occasions throughtout the year. Here's a look back at the Landing's history in photos.