short black ugg boots Sawgrass Mills to welcome more stores before the holiday shopping season
October 10, 2012By Arlene Satchell, Sun Sentinel
Sawgrass Mills is continuing to add stores and will have several more open by Black Friday and in time for the Christmas holiday period, according to mall executives.
They include Steve Madden and Columbia Sportswear outlets, mall officials said.
Other new outlet stores Australia, Original Penguin and Greg Norman opened recently and still a handful of others are on tap for early 2013. The additions are part of an 180,000 square foot expansion and redevelopment project at the Sunrise shopping complex. Black Friday as it did last year.
“We’re still confirming a lot of that with retailers, Sawgrass’ Vice President/General Manager Luanne Lenberg said recently.
The mall’s outlook for the holiday season however was “optimistic” based on its strong performance year to date, Lenberg noted. “The year has been trending very well and we hope the holidays will help cap off a successful year.”
Some new and expanded stores are located in the renovated and expanded old Wannado City area, while others are set for The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills and The Oasis at Sawgrass Mills. It will eventually be home to the largest Forever 21 store in the state and the largest Calvin Klein outlet in the country.
The renovations call for a 140,
000 square feet conversion of Wannado City into several smaller stores. Wannado City, a kids’ career role playing attraction, closed in early 2011 citing financial difficulty.
Meanwhile, a 40,000 square foot expansion is nearing completion at The Colonnade, which will include the first outlets in the area for designer lines Diane Von Furstenberg and Robert Graham, among other retailers.
Furstenberg is known for its iconic wrap dress and signature prints, while Graham, for its ‘American Eclectic’ line of men’s sport shirts.
The mall plans to hand over two Colonnade buildings with about 10 new or expanded luxury stores before Thanksgiving, but retailers aren’t expected to complete interior design work on them in time for the holidays,
Lenberg said. “We won’t make Christmas on many of these stores.”