Lake City in Florida is up on the panhandle in the center of the state. It has a long history dating back over a hundred and fifty years. The town was originally named Alpata Telophka, meaning "Alligator Town'' in Seminole. Civil War battles happened in this city providing historical significance to the town for visitors today to learn about. Recreation activities in Lake City include the Olusteee Battle Festival held in February, Dancing festivals, Alligator Fest in October, and plenty of water sports. The Lake City Mall is another style of recreation with plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment for all days of the year.
Lake City Mall is run by Hull Storey Gibson Properties. This company started in 1977 by Mr. Hull. Mr. Storey joined the property company in 1992. Both worked in retail real estate development. Gibson joined the family in 1997. They have over twenty different properties around the US that are shopping malls, retail outlets and other shopping centers. Their main headquarters are out of Augusta Georgia.
Mall hours are Monday through Saturday from 10am to 9pm, Sundays 12:30pm to 5:30pm. Holiday hours may vary from these times. The mall unlike others in Florida is pretty general in looks. It has a brick building with a bit of architecture over the main doors. Inside, the mall has more decor with tile floors, seating areas, and tropical plants to enhance its appearance. The mall does have some high fashion stores, and also department stores.
Belk, JC Penny, Maunces, and Payless Shoes are some of the anchor stores located at the mall. Retail shops at Lake City Mall include Claire's, Game Stop, Blockbuster, Bon Worth, In Style, Rue 21, Arsty Abode, KJ's Hallmark, Creative Images, and Hibbett's Sports.
There are non retail stores at the mall. All military branches have stores at the mall for recruitment. Restaurants are Guang Dong Chinese and Ole Times Country Buffet. Fast Food options include the Coffee House and Starbucks.
Lake City Mall has a number of events that occur throughout the year. These events will differ from live entertainment, fundraisers, school events, sport registration, fashion shows, and health screenings.
Companies in Lake City Florida include the VA Medical Center, Timco, Wal Mart, Homes of Merit, Anderson Columbia Co., Shands at Lake Shore, and the Lake City Community College. These places can be additional places to see after a shopping experience at Lake City.
Mentioned above was the Olustee Battle Festival. This festival shows the events of the Olustee Battle during the Civil War. In 1864 a great battle took place in which Union casualties reached over 1800 men. Confederate soldier deaths totaled 964.
Other historical accounts include John C. Henry, a county Sheriff, who was involved in a fistfight. A man named Potsdamer was the other person involved. These historical locations are not a long drive from the Lake City Mall, where one can get a little education before or after shopping for top fashions of the current year.