The Orlando, Florida, mall where the “Ghostbusters” and “The Heat” franchise filmed their first movie has closed.
The Florida Department of Business and Economic Development announced the mall’s sale Wednesday.
“This is a very sad day for the fans and employees at the mall,” Mall Director of Sales Jim Sine said in a statement.
“The team that was there for all those years has been let go.
The company has no intention of returning to the mall in the near future.”
The mall was scheduled to reopen July 31, 2018.
The Mall of America, which is owned by the mall operator, is the first major U.S. shopping center to be shut down due to budget cuts.
The news came as a surprise to longtime fans of the franchise, who are hoping for a return to the franchise’s glory days.
The franchise has been a hit with fans since the first film debuted in 1991.
“I was always a fan, but I never really thought that I would be able to make it,” former fan Scott Davenport told The Hollywood Reporter.
“It was kind of my dream of being on the big screen with a real-life Ghostbusters.
But they didn’t make it.”
The Ghostbusters reboot is still a hit, with more than 6 million people logging onto Amazon.com to order merchandise.
The mall is also known for its “Million Dollar Store” featuring items such as an inflatable pink ball, a giant red laser and a “Ghostbuster-themed” candy bar.