Mini Cooper commits to Centerra
Loveland, Colo. Mini Cooper will open a facility at the Centerra lifestyle center complex in Loveland, Colo. According to the center’s developer, McWhinney Enterprises, the dealership will be part of the 100-acre motorplex at Centerra.
Owned by Co’s BMW Group, Mini of Loveland will offer a full sales, service and parts center. Groundbreaking is slated for June.
Designed by Kenney & Associates, the stand-alone Mini Cooper facility will be approximately 10,000 sq. ft. and constructed of black steel and glass, highlighted with exterior and interior splashes of neon color. To add interactivity to the design, customers can play in a Mini game room, use interactive tools to imagine and “test out” the experience of becoming a Mini owner and take part in regular driving events.
In 2008, Mini Cooper reported a 38% increase in sales over 2007. In 2009, the company said it plans to add a total of five to eight new franchises in the United States.
Jess Ranch Marketplace Phase III marks grand opening
Apple Valley, Calif. Weingarten Realty celebrated the grand opening of Phase III at Jess Ranch Marketplace, a 194,633-sq.-ft. addition to the regional shopping center located a few minutes southwest of downtown Apple Valley, Calif.
Cinemark Theater has opened a 12-screen, state-of-the-art stadium-style facility as part of the center’s expansion.
“Apple Valley is growing rapidly and Jess Ranch Marketplace expanded to better serve area residents,” said Carrie Murray, marketing manager for Weingarten Realty Investors. “In Phase III of the center’s expansion, many of the nation’s leading retailers and restaurants have opened new locations. And, more are coming.”
Jess Ranch Marketplace is home to several major retailers including Winco, PetSmart, Rite Aid, 24 Hour Fitness, Best Buy and Bed Bath & Beyond. In addition to the new Denny’s restaurant that is under construction, the center offers other dining choices such as Buffalo Wild Wings and Red Robin.
Wear District concept coming to Ohio
Youngstown, Ohio Cafaro Co. announced that a new retail concept called Wear District will open at Eastwood Mall in mid-July. The store will occupy a 25,500-sq.-ft. space formerly inhabited by Steve & Barry’s.
Wear District, which sells name-brand apparel at closeout prices, originated in Michigan, with its first store opening in Grand Rapids, Mich., early this year, and another location slated to open in July in Monroe, Mich.
Also new to Eastwood Mall are Once Upon a Child consignment store and Boardman Coin.
The Eastwood Mall Complex, in Niles, Ohio, has been serving the communities of northeast Ohio since 1969, with more than 3 million sq. ft. of retail, dining and entertainment offerings. It is owned and managed in association with Cafaro-related companies.