Simon Properties and Macy’s announced today that they will be opening a store at Southridge Mall in Spring 2012 in the former Younkers location.
The Southridge Macy's will be a two-level, 150,000 square foot store and will open in the spring of 2012. The old Younker's location will undergo significant remodeling as part of a renovation of the mall since World Market and other retailers sit on that site.
Macy's will offer a full range of apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as housewares, home textiles and luggage. It will employ about 160 associates.
Southridge manager Patrick Basche and a Macy's representative thanked the Village, in specifically President John Hermes and manager Todd Michaels, for their efforts in helping bring Macy's into the mall.
Regional Vice President of development at Simon Property Group today said at the press conference the mall will be completely transformed as a whole, including entrances and the food court.
Simon Property Group has about 392 properties nationwide, said Simon Property Group public relation's Les Morris. He said that Southridge is part of 18 mall renovations throughout the country for Simon Property Group.
Hermes said that Greenfield, Franklin and Hales Corners mayors played a roles in negotiations with Macy's. All three mayors see the Southridge renovations as positive development for their cities and villages.
This is part of a $52 million dollar renovation planned for Southridge Mall. In December the Village approved a $16 million TIF district to help the renovation.
When the announcement was made in November that a major anchor retailer would be coming to Southridge Mall many expected and hoped that it would be in place by the holidays, some even said in time for Black Friday. . The store is due to open in Spring 2012.
Old World Market would have to either leave the mall or relocate.
The other store will be in Gurnee Mills in Illinois and will be about 140,000 square foot store and employ 200 associates.