GreenbergFarrow designs redeveloped Bergen Town Center
New York City Architectural and design firm GreenbergFarrow said Wednesday it has completed the renovation and expansion of Bergen Town Center, a 52-acre regional mall in Paramus, N.J.
Bergen Town Center is owned and operated by Vornado Realty Trust.
It is tenanted by Century 21, Filene’s Basement, Marshall’s, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Gap, Avenue and Zales. The center was expanded by 143,000 sq. ft. to a total size of 1.5 million sq. ft.
The renovation involved the addition of Whole Foods, Target, Nordstrom Rack and other outlets to its retail mix.
Conceived as an open mall in 1957 and converted to an enclosed mall in 1972, the center’s facade was replaced to contiguously match several new expansion areas. Interior renovations included new entrance courts, a new double-height concourse with additional skylight areas, and various storefront improvements. Renovation work commenced in 2006.
Education retailer Holcomb’s shutters all stores
Chicago Cleveland-based school supplies retailer Holcomb’s is closing its remaining stores in four states, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune.
The 137-year-old Holcomb’s Education Resource once had as many as 33 Holcomb’s KnowPlace stores in five states. It currently has 10 locations in Ohio, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania.
Employees have been told the stores will shut down by December, and signs have been posted telling customers of the closings.
Panera Bread, Cellular Connection open at West Springfield
Chicago McCaffery Interests said late Monday it has executed leases with Panera Bread and Cellular Connection/Verizon Wireless to open new locations at West Springfield shopping center in Springfield, Va.
Panera Bread will open a 3,600-sq.-ft. store and Cellular/Verizon a 2,343-sq.-ft. store. They will join Merchants Tire, Subway, Tuesday Morning, Soccer Plus and Milano’s Italian Restaurant.
Both stores are slated to open summer 2010.