Years after Chapel Hill Mall decided that Archie the Snowman had to "retire," the talking holiday icon is being resurrected. However, you won't find Archie at the mall. He'll be greeting guests at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron.
That's according to Dave Burkett and Tommy Uplinger, whose efforts can be credited for bringing renewed attention to Archie.
They started the Bring Archie Back To Chapel Hill Mall Facebook page last year and it quickly attracted more than 6,570 people as Akron and Cleveland media got involved.
"It was just a simple idea that we thought would be neat," said Burkett, who told AkronNewsNow that he never thought it would go this far.
Burkett says the original designer is involved to make sure Archie looks just the way we remember him - before "retirement."
No word yet from Akron city officials, who are busy with other important figures today - President Obama is in town. Burkett says he was asked by the city to wait until August 1 to make mention of the new development.