REAL ESTATE

Brea Mall completes major renovation

BY Michael Fickes

Brea, Calif. — Simon Property Group and Brea Mall are celebrating putting the finishing touches on the renovation of the property with a special community event and a series of showcase weekends throughout April and May.

The renovation included redesigned mall entrances and new signage, flooring, landscaping, glass handrails and overhead lighting. The mall now displays updated textures, colors and amenities such as soft seating and charging stations.

A new Play Area has become a popular amenity for families. It features surrounding soft seating, a playhouse featuring a chalkboard, and various cars, boats and plane play fixtures inspired by the Simon Kidgits Club characters.

Brea Mall’s new family restrooms, which are also a hit, feature five changing stations, two nursing rooms, soft lighting and comfortable chairs, creating a cozy space where parents can feed children and relax. The family-style restrooms are located near the Play Area on the lower level.

Taken together, the upgrades have made Brea Mall a more contemporary and inviting shopping environment.

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Napa Center is transforming downtown Napa, Calif.

BY Michael Fickes

Fort Worth, Texas and Napa, Calif. — A joint venture of Trademark Property Co. and Zapolski Real Estate LLC, the $30 million Napa Center transformation started in September 2013 with upgrades to common areas. Changes include new energy-efficient roofing, paint and façade upgrades, new architectural elements, expanded and updated walkways, new seating areas, landscaping, ambient lighting and signage.

The 153,000-sq.-ft. Napa Center will also showcase specialty features and public art by local craftspeople and artists, curated to highlight Napa Valley’s rich cultural heritage.

As Phase I approaches completion this summer, pre-leasing is ramping up. The new Napa Center will offer fashion, specialty shops, restaurants and the Archer Napa, a 186-room four-star boutique hotel to be developed and operated by LodgeWorks Partners, scheduled to open in late 2015.

Once completed, Napa Center will offer more than 40 retailers and restaurants in the heart of downtown Napa.

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DSW to open new store in Ponce, Puerto Rico

BY Michael Fickes

Columbus, Ohio — DSW Inc., Designer Shoe Warehouse has announced the opening of a new store in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on April 10. As of April 10, DSW will operate 407 stores in 43 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

DSW also operates an e-commerce site at DSW.com. In addition, the company supplies footwear to 357 leased locations in the United States under the Affiliated Business Group.

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