Renaissance at Colony Park sets lifestyle standard

When Renaissance at Colony Park opened in Ridgeland, Miss., in 2008, it created a stir not only among the local residents of Ridgeland, Miss., but also within the retailer and shopping center communities as a whole.

The project, developed by Mattiace Properties and H.C. Bailey Cos., pulled together the aesthetic elements of a Main Street and town center format with strategic, traffic-driving retail, entertainment and dining offerings.

Renaissance at Colony Park provides spacious green common areas, water features, and a town center square. The design is derived from European and Mediterranean influences, and incorporates classical features such as arched openings, clay tile roofs, and stone and stucco facades. An Italian fountain serves as a focal point at the entrance to the town square, which also features a clock tower.

The approximately half-million sq. ft. of retail offerings includes anchor tenants Fresh Market, Ethan Allen, Barnes & Noble and Apple Store. Dining options abound – with everything from Five Guys Burgers and Fries to P.F. Chang’s to Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.  Specialty retailers include Brooks Brothers, Sephora, Charming Charlie, Banana Republic and Anthropologie.

Sharing space on the 57 acres is a Hyatt Place Hotel and about 65,000 sq. ft. of office space, allowing the project to leverage several components toward creating a fully integrated work-shop-dine complex.

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