The end is near for the River Oaks Shopping Center.
Preservationists gathered at a city hall trying to block the renovation of the historic River Oaks Shopping Center.
The shopping center is 70 years-old and for generations it has been a fixture on the edge of the posh River Oaks neighborhood.
Now Weingarten Realty has unveiled plans to renovate at least one section of the center. Preservationists suspect it is the first step toward rebuilding the entire center, including the historic River Oaks Theater.
"It would not prevent their demolition, but once again it would be a statement as to the value of these properties and reinforce it before city council, and that's really who we're playing to at this point," said David Bush, one of those working to preserve the shopping center.
Shoppers visiting the center today see many empty storefronts left behind by businesses that have moved out a section of the center.
And people who work in the Black-Eyed Pea, which has been located here for a quarter century, told 11 News they are closing their doors on Friday.