After years of anticipation, thousands of hours of planning, development and construction, and no fewer than 10 “building of” videos, Brownwood opened on Friday October 12, 2012 for everyone to see.
Now, this was not really a “Grand Opening”, it was more of a “soft opening”, and most of the people that went and visited on opening day found out about it by word of mouth. A more celebratory Grand Opening will no doubt come later, as there is still a lot of work to do and many businesses yet to open, but it is “open enough” for folks to take a look and get a good feel for the new town square.
Below are several photos sent in by readers, mixed in with comments about Brownwood from a few of our readers and Facebook fans who have had the opportunity to check out the latest and greatest addition to The Villages.
The first few photos here were sent in by Glen Ottley. Here’s what he had to say about the “First Friday”:
I ran down after work just to see the finished product and was blown away! Reports from the golf car store were favorable as the showroom was jammed full of people all day and night, AND the first two sales in the new store were written.
The opening, though highly anticipated, was not officially announced; however, all the parking lots were full, the sidewalks were jammed, the eight theaters were showing, and the square was ALIVE.
Looking at the square I felt like I was at a high school football game with it’s unique bleacher seating. Everyone loved it.
Today will be another fun filled day as the Wildwood City Farmer’s Market will be set up at the square from 9 a.m. til 2 p.m., then more entertainment on the square in the evening, and every evening.
What a great place to live!
The next several photos were sent in by Betty Friend. Comments are from some of our Facebook fans.
Just got back from touring Brownwood in the golf cart. Busy today! Looks great!
What great craftsmanship. The place is amazing. The sales office and the movie theater are awesome. Well done!!!!!
Went this morning and it is wonderful, like being back in time it’s the best.
Just got back, pretty cool place. Still a lot of construction going on with the buildings. A few of The Villages buildings are open and there done beautiful.
What a place-imagination and money can make a dream place-cannot wait till it is fully completed-they have done a place to be proud of.
Took golf cart ride over; looks so good; so awesome to be living here.
Nice!!! I was the 1st customer this morning at the new bank!!! Didn’t even get a prize..ha!!! But the staff was great!!!
Great job! Very nice crowd about an hour ago! Can’t wait to see what is going to fill the empty store fronts!
Beautiful! We are so happy to be living in this wonderful community. Can’t wait for the rest of the stores to open. The new sales office is amazing.
Loved the country music. Hope the entertainment department keeps the country music coming. Not enough of it on the Village Squares.
Very nice! Loved the twirlers, drums, and music. Good food at ‘City Fire’.
We had a great time. Paddock Square’s stage is awesome. It looks like the back porch of a log cabin or a really old log home. I love the stadium seating with shading overhead. I can’t wait for more stores and restaurants to open.
Everything is first class, as usual. Can’t wait to see what else will be there — restaurants, shopping, etc. The show tonight was great.
Attended the ceremonies tonight. Twirlers, cheerleaders did a wonderful job opening with a patriotic theme. Very inspiring to hear the crowd singing along and swaying to the songs. Villages style, we love it!
I love the entrance off Hwy. 44, the bronze statues are magnificent. Great job.
Another great job by The Villages design team, thanks for another beautiful town center!
“Build it and they will come” The foresight and vision of those who have developed this amazing place is incredible. My only concern is lack of traffic lights with pedestrian traffic. I truly reside in the “Disney for retired people”.
The new square is wonderful – saw a movie there on Friday – GREAT theatre – went to Farmers Market this morning – all the vendors were so polite and we love to support our local farmers…..
I was really quite touched at the Patriotism of this country last night. It was quite something special, well done The Villages.
Went yesterday and it was mobbed. The ride was great. All cart path so. of 466A. Long lovely ride. Lots of work yet to be done. The Village Logo store was doing a good business. Good to see something different. Next Sat. we’ll try the Farmers Mkt. No stop lights yet so it was every man for himself at one of main intersections but seemed to go smoothly.
Over to you. Have you checked out Brownwood yet? Let us know what you think in the comments below.