Updated 08/04/2012 07:00 PM
Poughkeepsie Galleria turns 25
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- The Poughkeepsie Galleria turns a quarter century old and community members happily joined the party Saturday, celebrating with giveaways, raffles, store discounts, even a cake shaped like a shopping bag.
A special ribbon cutting from the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce kicked things off. The Chamber showed thanks to one of the county's largest and longest running employers.
The Galleria employs 2,500 people and mall officials say they are honored that the area has supported the mall through so much change over the years: Remodels, expansion and new movie theatres, just to name a few things.
"To me, it's a very big focal point for Dutchess County. It's not just about commerce, it's not just about shopping, it's about bringing people together," said Charles North, President and CEO of the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce.
Mall officials gave special recognition to the tenants who have been there since the beginning. That's right, 19 stores have been at the Galleria for all 25 years, including The Gap and Pearl Vision.