Simon unveils plans to fill five vacated Sears stores

Food halls, fitness centers, and new shops are destined for emptied Sears spaces at five Simon malls, according to company COO Michael McCarty.

The vacated Sears at Simon’s Brea Mall in Brea, Calif., will be the site of a mini-mixed-use project with residences, restaurants, new retail brands and a three-story, 120,000-sq.-ft. Life Time Athletic center.

Plans for the Sears space at Pittsburgh’s Ross Park Mall include new dining hall, new retailers, restaurants, and entertainment on three levels. Construction is slated to start in early 2019 with completion in the summer of 2020.

At Midland Park Mall in Midland, Texas, the department store’s departure will mean two new restaurants, a remodeled and expanded Dillard's store, and new-to-market, unnamed large-format retailer. Work is expected to start this spring and complete by summer 2020.

New shops and dining establishments will also fill former Sears spaces at Burlington Mall in Burlington, Mass., and Ocean County Mall in Toms River, N.J.

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