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Dining alfresco at the mall

BY Michael Fickes

Santa Clara, Calif. — Most malls have food courts. Westfield Valley Fair Mall in California’s Silicon Valley has begun construction of a multi-million dollar dining terrace that will feature indoor and alfresco seating.

Where in Silicon Valley is the mall? It straddles the border between two noted Silicon Valley cities: Santa Clara and San Jose.

Designed for fast casual dining and entertainment programming, the 23,000-sq.-ft. terrace will be cut from the mold of high-tech chic. It will feature contemporary indoor and outdoor spaces constructed of natural and raw materials including marble, basalt, wood, concrete and steel.

An alfresco patio complete with fire pits, a pizza and wine bar, sculptures and plush lounge seating will form an outdoor gathering spot for soaking up California sunshine.

Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Café, Ruby Thai, Chicken Wow and McDonald’s will all remain open inside the terrace footprint during construction.

Upon completion, the terrace will welcome 10 new upscale casual dining restaurants.

When the new Dining Terrace opens in November, it will cap off a year of major renovations throughout the mall. Since last year, 50 retail stores have been renovated and 11 shops relocated.

Part of the renovation fitted out a new luxury wing, which is now home to Burberry, Cartier, David Yurman, Mont Blanc, Tag Heuer, Wolford and others. Salvatore Ferragamo will make an appearance shortly.

Come November, Silicon Valley can toast its return to growth on the terrace at mall.


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Nordstrom Rack to open third Houston-area store

BY Staff Writer

Seattle — Nordstrom plans to open a third Houston-area Nordstrom Rack location. The approximately 38,000-sq.-ft. store is scheduled to open in fall 2014, at Willowbrook Mall is owned and managed by General Growth Properties

"We’ve been looking for opportunities to better serve Houston customers as we continue to grow," said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack.

The single-level Nordstrom Rack will be new construction, with an exterior entrance on the northwest side of the mall and an interior entrance from the northwest wing, which will be renovated by GGP.

"Our goal is to provide our shoppers with the best in retail. This is the only Nordstrom Rack on the north/northwest side of the greater Houston area," said Richard Pesin, executive VP of anchors, construction and development for GGP.

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Saks to open Off 5th in Atlanta

BY Staff Writer

New York — Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th announced that it plans to open a new store in Atlanta, Georgia on July 18.

The 28,000-sq.-ft. store will be located in the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta at Woodstock.

The store will be the third Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th in metropolitan Atlanta, but will be the first store to be modeled after the company’s “luxury-in-a-loft” store design, which highlights the merchandise and facilitates easy shopping.

The modern and uncluttered layout includes an open floor plan, moveable fixtures and bright lighting.

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