SOUTHPARK MALL CELEBRATES 40 YEARS IN THE QUAD CITIES AND LOOKS TO REINVEST AND REINVENT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Aleisha Chiesa   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 15:56
-Fabulous @ 40-

MOLINE, Illinois, Feb 27, 2014 – South Park Mall is not only celebrating 40 years, it is solidifying its commitment and reinvestment into the future of the center. This key milestone is the perfect segway to not only celebrate the past but to prepare for the future enhancements for the residents in the Quad City area.

SouthPark Mall officially opened on February 27, 1974. SouthPark Mall was home to three anchors; Montgomery Ward, Petersen Harned Von Maur, and Younkers and over 65 additional retailers and restaurants. SouthPark has been expanded twice: JCPenney was added in 1978, while Sears and a food court were added in 1990. Over the years, SouthPark Mall has provided thousands of jobs to local employees, new products to the increasing shopper base and a convenient place where families could get all their shopping completed in one stop.

Today SouthPark Mall is home to over one million square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment and employs hundreds of Moline-area residents. The center is anchored by JCPenney, Von Maur, Younkers and Dillard’s and offers guests over 100 retailers. Since the mall opened the community has been an integral part to the success of the shopping center and that holds true today.

The future is bright for SouthPark Mall. Recently the property shared reinvestment plans that include the removal of the food court as well as the former Sears department store. Construction is set to start in April with a formal grand opening set for November.

“We are committed to the future of South Park,” said Kathy Jurgens, Property Manager, SouthPark Mall. “A fresh look, new concepts and enhanced amenities are all part of the plan to build a better shopping experience.”

The community is invited to celebrate the mall’s 40th anniversary with a formal ribbon-cutting that will take place on March 6, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., refreshments will be provided inside Younkers Court. Local city officials, including the Chamber of Commerce will be attending. Included in this ribbon-cutting, SouthPark representatives will display renderings of the proposed redevelopment and ask for public support of the project.

This project entails collaboration with the City of Moline and IDOT for an access ramp off of John Deere Expressway along with two new exterior entrances, plus a full scale pylon signage platform. Renewed national retailer commitment includes brand-new prototype designs of Claire’s, Christopher & Banks, Spencer’s Gifts, MasterCuts, Journey’s, Sprint, Payless, Lenscrafters, Dairy Queen, Bath & Body Works and Shoe Dept Encore.

“This is extremely positive for SouthPark as it shows continued national retailer commitment to the center. There have been eleven remodels to date and many of these have long term commitments to SouthPark,” said Aleshia Chiesa, Marketing Manager, SouthPark Mall. “SouthPark is a staple of the community and we expect to keep it an invigorating shopping experience for everyone.”

For a complete listing of family-friendly activities at SouthPark Mall, visit www.shopsouthparkmall-il.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive the most up-to-date information.

Macerich is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at www.macerich.com.

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