Gwinnett County residents can chill in front of their TVs during the Fourth of July holiday weekend and see the first mall built in the county terrorized by something sinister.

And no, we're not talking about 1980's fashion — although there will be plenty of that too.

"Stranger Things" Season 3 premiered Thursday on Netflix. The new season of the sci-fi horror series used Gwinnett Place Mall as a stand-in for the Starcourt Mall, which is highlighted in some promotional materials for the season.

"It’s 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer's heating up. School’s out, there’s a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood," Netflix said in a promotional teaser for the season.

Scenes set in the mall were filmed over a period of time starting in late spring 2018, with Gwinnett Place's empty food court and surrounding spaces overhauled to look like a typical 1980's mall.

Trailers for the season indicate that some type of confrontation will take place in the mall at some point in the season.

But some of the treats may also be which stores were recreated in the mall for the show.

The GAP, Radio Shack, Sam Goody, Waldenbooks, Burger King, Orange Julius, Claires and Jazzercise are some of the stores that were created in the mall.

Some of the fake store fronts created for filming have not yet been torn down, but there are curtains blocking views of them and security guards still guard the entrance to the wing leading to the area where filming occurred.

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I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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