Top 10 Retail Center Experiences: No. 2 Northpark Center
Daybreaker continues its countdown of the Top 10 Retail Center Experiences named in the July-August edition of Chain Store Age.
Go to the website directory of any shopping mall and it’s a good bet you’ll find the same items in the dropdown menu: Stores, Dining, Events, Entertainment. There’s likely only one that includes the selection “Art,” and that’s NorthPark, the combination mall-art museum that has been one of Dallas’s top attractions since it opened in the 1960s as the world’s largest climate-controlled retail center.
“It’s like a museum, but with the best shopping,” wrote NorthPark’s Top 10 nominator Denise Browning, a Dallas retail real estate professional with no business relationship to the mall. “Even before I moved to Texas it was my favorite in the country.”
The 48-foot-tall, 12-ton Ad Astra fills the two-story NorthCourt, the only indoor display of a work by sculptor Mark di Suvero. Upon entering NorthPark, one has a choice of a store directory and an art directory, a numbered guide to the 150-odd works displayed throughout the 1.3 million-sq.-ft. property. Roy Lichtenstein, Jonathon Borofsky, Andy Warhol, Beverly Pepper, and Mick Moon are among the many noted artists represented in the collection, most of them owned by members of the Nasher family that developed NorthPark.
“NorthPark owners Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger have created an entirely new retail experience, unique in all the world, through the Art of Shopping focus,” said NorthPark director of marketing Kristen Gibbins. “Every year, more than 26 million visitors experience best-in-class retail, as well as the ever-changing artworks in NorthPark.”
The mall features four department store Anchors: Dillard’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus. Luxury retailers include Tiffany & Co., St. Laurent, Salvatore Ferragamo, Lacoste, Omega, Canali, and Carolina Herrera. The food and beverage rosters lists Seasons 52, Maggiano Little Italy, La Madeleine French Café, and Bazille.
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