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April 11, 2017
Why Whole Foods, Wegmans are Moving into Philly-area Malls

Call it a marriage of convenience or basic survival, but malls are again courting supermarkets to fill department store vacancies and appeal to a selective food customer. A Whole Foods market will open later this year at Exton Square Mall, following another at Plymouth Meeting Mall and a Wegmans at Montgomery Mall. Other chains, such as ShopRite... »

April 10, 2017
Construction on Santa Rosa’s Coddingtown Shopping Center Upgrades Set for Summer Start

Santa Rosa, CA - Coddingtown mall plans to begin work this summer to bring at least four new retailers to the north side of the property, including pet store Unleashed by PetCo and personal care products retailer Ulta Beauty. The upgrades to the Santa Rosa mall, which received final design approval Thursday from Santa Rosa officials, will involv... »

April 10, 2017
Hello Kitty Mini Cafe Draws Huge Crowds to Arcadia’s Westfield Mall

Arcadia, CA - The world just can’t seem to get enough Hello Kitty. Sanrio opened a Hello Kitty Mini Café in the Westfield Santa Anita Mall on Friday, April 7. Lines wrapped around the mini café three times around. Fans stood in line for six hours prior to opening to get a taste of the cute Hello Kitty-emblazoned pastries, beverages, and merchan... »

April 10, 2017
Coventry Mall Owners Work to Make Mall a Success; Community Health and Dental Care, Anytime Fitness Joining Tenant Roster

Pottstown, PA - What a difference a year makes. When Pennmark Properties purchased the Coventry Mall last April, the tenant occupancy rate was about 65 percent. Foot traffic was down and the mall needed repairs. Fast forward one year: The occupancy rate is about 89 percent, new food court vendors have signed on, facilities have been spruced u... »

April 7, 2017
New Life Coming to Former Sears

Kokomo, IN - A myriad of new stores appear to be coming to the Markland Mall. A public hearing of the Kokomo City Plan Commission, slated to take place on April 11, sheds light on what is in store for the former location of Sears in the Markland Mall. Plans have been submitted to the commission showing the Washington Prime Group, which is respon... »

April 7, 2017
‘Abolish it’: Sears Disavows Department Store Model With New Pop-up Location, Merchandise

Toronto, ON - Versace, Tom Ford and BCBG are not brands you’d typically associate with Sears Canada, but the retailer’s latest iteration, with ash wood flooring and exposed brick, doesn’t look anything like a typical Sears outlet. “Internally, we have banned the word ‘department store’ — we have tried to abolish it, because we are... »

April 7, 2017
Charlotte Russe Tries Out Plus-size Store in Michigan

Grandville, MI - If Tiara Spence's reaction is any indication, Charlotte Russe's experiment with a plus-size store will be a success. The Grand Rapids resident was thrilled after discovering the new Charlotte Russe Plus store in RiverTown Crossings. "I'm very ecstatic," said Spence, after emerging from the dressing rooms. "For the first time ... »

April 6, 2017
Legoland Discovery Center Opens In Plymouth Meeting: Take A Look Inside

Plymouth Meeting, PA - As torrential rain pounded the glass pane windows outside, a swarm of children and their parents nestled into the warm fantasy world of Legoland Discovery Center for its grand opening at the Plymouth Meeting Mall on Thursday morning. The center, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania and only the ninth in the nation, is a p... »

April 6, 2017
Farmington Mall Under New Management; Will Undergo Spring Renovation

Farmington, MN - The Farmington Mall got a new lease on life when it was purchased by Caspian Group, a commercial real estate management company specializing in distressed property turnarounds, on March 23. The mall, located at the intersection of Highway 3 and County Road 50, will undergo a complete rehabilitation, according to Caspian Group pr... »

April 4, 2017
2 Stores Open at Upper Valley Mall as Focus Shifts to Local Retailers

Springfield, OH - Two new locally owned stores have opened in the Upper Valley Mall in Clark County. Shear Perfection Salon and Unique Furnishing Plus have opened and their owners said they are excited to be part of the mall. The two new stores — including one in a former anchor spot — are a plus for the Upper Valley Mall, which has seen sev... »

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