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Mall Of Acadiana

The Mall of Acadiana, originally called Acadiana Mall, is an enclosed regional shopping mall in the city of Lafayette, Louisiana, and is located at the intersection of Johnston Street and Ambassador Caffery Parkway. It opened in 1979 and was developed by Robert B. Aikens & Associates, and is now owned by CBL & Associates Properties. Today, the Mall of Acadiana houses four department store anchors (Macy's, J.C. Penney, Sears, and Dillard's), a 460-seat food court, and over 100 smaller stores including Victoria's Secret, Chico's, Talbot's, Eddie Bauer, Nine West, Banana Republic, Hollister, American Eagle, and Coldwater Creek.

The original look of the mall had an intimate, "French Quarter" type feel, with brick pavers, gas lamps, wrought iron, and no backlit signs. Although the front entrance of the mall faces Johnston Street, many people over time have found it easier to access the property via Ambassador Caffery Parkway. As a result, most mall customers consider the food court to be the front entrance.

Acadiana Mall Cinemas, operated by General Cinema Corporation, was located in the food court from 1979 until 1995, when a more modern Carmike Cinema opened on an outparcel of the mall, which then closed down in 2009. It is now a furniture outlet store. The mall received a minor facelift in the early 1990s and a major renovation in 2004, bringing in a more contemporary look. It was at this time that the mall's name changed from Acadiana Mall to The Mall of Acadiana.