Thursday, June 26, 2008

Ross Park Mall changes...

As you've all heard me spout about in the past, big changes are coming to Ross Park Mall. The shopping facility is attracting more upscale retailers with the opening of Nordstrom's this fall.

From the Post Gazette:

The North Hills mall has been under renovation for months, as construction crews replaced the former Lazarus department store structure with a 138,000-square-foot store made just for Nordstrom. The expansion also includes adding other store spaces next to the enclosed mall. Inside, a number of existing tenants have been moving or closing, as management prepares for the new anchor.

The newest announcements follow a string of tenant signings in recent months. Other stores expected to open include jeweler Tiffany & Co., clothing stores BCBGMaxAzria, White House/Black Market, L.L.Bean and Martin + Osa, a new concept from South Side retailer American Eagle Outfitters.

Change also has come inside some established stores. The Sears store at the mall has expanded its Land's End store-within-a-store concept to cover 43,000 square feet. The company said only a few of those around the nation are that big.


Yes, upscale isn't always bad, but mall management must keep in mind that turning the shopping facility into the Galleria in Mt. Lebanon would be a terrible decision. Terrible.

I took a trip up to Ross Park mall last week and noticed the changes underway. My problem isn't necessarily with the fact that new retailers tend to be upscale it is with the type of stores at Ross Park. There is little diversity among them.

Most are shoe stores, clothing stores or department stores. Would it be so difficult to throw in a decent book store, electronics store or something a little different that could set the mall apart?

When it comes to retailers that have left or will be leaving Ross Park Mall, officials at the Shoppes at Northway would be crazy not to try and woo some of them. Remember, there is a huge piece of vacant retail space at Northway after Value City closed earlier this year.

Working to keep you posted...

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope that Northway will woo DSW into that shopping center. I can't believe that Ross Park forced out DSW so they could put an Old Navy in there. What kind of sense is that?

Anonymous said...

Northway Mall is really depressing since they had to remodel the upper part

Anonymous said...

I wish Boscov's would consider Northway Mall.

Anonymous said...

Me too. I would love to see Dick's move to the old Kuhn's or maybe the Ross Park lifestyle addition and have a two story Boscov's in Northway Mall. I also hate the "renovations" at Northway. Seriously, what were they thinking when they removed the theater - one of the biggest draws to the mall.

Anonymous said...

When you don't have good places to eat like a Texas roadhouse, Steak N Shake, and maybe a Sonic as who want to wait forever to eat? We need places that are different not all the same. Ross park mall is try to be like This Mall in Houston. http://www.simon.com/mall/directory.aspx?ID=805 They can get all the stores but if only one resturant at the mall who going to keep coming back or maybe a movie place on site?