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Before the shuttered Crestwood Court is demolished, fans of the longtime south St. Louis County mall can attend a food truck event this Saturday on the parking lot to say goodbye. 

The city of Crestwood and the St. Louis Food Truck Association are hosting the "Food Truck Party at the Plaza" from 11 a.m. to about 7 p.m. 

"This is kind of a last hurrah for the old mall site before internal demolition begins in early May," said Sarah Belcher, assistant to the city administrator and mayor. 

The Joe Dirt And The Dirty Boys Band is slated to perform from 2 to 6 p.m., and 26 food trucks and a kids play area are scheduled. Crestwood's Pints and Rails Tavern will sell beer and wine.  

Last month, Crestwood approved Chicago-based developer UrbanStreet Group's tax supported plan to move forward with a $104 million redevelopment for new retail, entertainment, dining and housing on the 47-acre parcel. Pending zoning approvals, construction is tentatively slated to take between two-and-a-half to three years, Belcher said. 

The 1.1 million square foot Crestwood Court — which was also called Crestwood Shopping Center and Crestwood Plaza over the years — opened in 1957 and closed in 2013. 

Crestwood Plaza shopping center, Christmas 1969.

Santa Claus makes his annual visit by helicopter at Crestwood Plaza shopping center for Christmas 1969. The mall, opened in 1957, bustled for years until the early 2000s. It closed in 2013, a victim of newer residential and retail developments farther from the urban core. Post-Dispatch file photo

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Lisa Brown is Business Editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.