Sears closes; more stores, restaurants planned for Ocean County Mall

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Sears closes; more stores, restaurants planned for Ocean County Mall

Ocean County Mall owners says it will bring more stores, dining and fitness options to the mall in Toms River.

What is Macy's Backstage anyway? Find out about what's coming to the store at the Ocean County Mall in Toms River. DAVID P. WILLIS

TOMS RIVER With Sears now closed, Ocean County Mall’s owner said it has'”a transformational redevelopment” in store for the landmark shopping center on Hooper Avenue.’

Simon Property Group said its plan includes more stores, dining and fitness options for Ocean County Mall. Construction is expected to start in the fall with completion by early 2020, the company said on Monday.

“We are excited to redevelop the former Sears store with uses that will benefit the community and the existing retailers in these properties,” said Michael E. McCarty, chief operating officer for Simon Malls, in a statement.

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Developer tries to fast-track housing at Cupertino’s Vallco Mall

CUPERTINO >> Fed up with years of false-starts and controversy, the owner of defunct Vallco Mall on Tuesday went over city officials’ heads to push through a new proposal that aims to turn the failed shopping center into a downtown destination combining shopping, housing and office space.

Developers plan to do it all without giving Cupertino’s city leaders a chance to say no. Sand Hill Property Co. on Tuesday submitted an application for the project under SB 35, a new housing-focused state law that requires California cities to approve certain residential and mixed-use projects — cutting out the opportunity for the political delays Sand Hill says have bogged down its Vallco redevelopment efforts for four years.

“It has now gotten to a point where we do not have any confidence that this process can come to a conclusion in a timely manner,” said Reed Moulds, managing director of Sand Hill Property Co. “This housing crisis needs to be resolved in a manner that actually provides near-term solutions, and sites like this have an opportunity to do a lot of good for the housing situation.”

In Santa Cruz County, Merlone Geier Partners, which bought the largest part of the Capitola Mall in 2016, has opened up an online survey on how to transform the venue, as promised to residents at a community meeting in January. The company recently mailed 35,000 postcards to local residents inviting them to participate at capitolamallsurvey.com/.

One question asks residents to say what’s most important to them, with choices such as world-class brands, walking areas, restaurants that are “distinguished” or quick-serve. Another ask people what they would like to see at the mall, giving choices such as a spa, fitness center, luxury goods, housing and a town center.

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Area malls embrace different strategies to drive shoppers, diners

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SCRANTON ‘ Malls and shopping centers across the country have shuttered in recent years amid a changing retail market marked by a steady spike in online shopping, forcing those that survive to embrace different strategies to drive business.

A 2017 Credit Suisse report predicts 20 to 25 percent of American malls will close by 2022, and that 35 percent of apparel sales ‘ an important industry for malls ‘ will be conducted online by 2030, up from just 17 percent in 2017. In light of changing consumer habits, many malls are moving away from traditional retail-based business models, focusing instead on attracting entertainment and attraction-based tenants that give patrons new reasons to come through the doors.

Others are sticking with the retail approach, but branching out when it comes to the brands and companies they court ‘ bringing on board popular national and international retailers that haven’t traditionally been mall-based.

Both strategies have been embraced in the Electric City, where management at the Viewmont Mall and the Marketplace at Steamtown have made big changes in the past few years.

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Developer tries to fast-track housing at Cupertino’s Vallco Mall
(since Mar, 2018) In Santa Cruz County . and its stores began to shutter ‘ the mall lost its Macy’s and Sears in 2015, its J.C. Penney closed in 2016, and the AMC movie theater closed this month ‘ though AMC will reopen if a plan to redevelop Vallco is approved

Area malls embrace different strategies to drive shoppers, diners
(since Mar, 2018) More than . Kmart and Sears in closing shop. All the smaller stores followed suit. ‘It’s unfortunate about the mall,’ Schuylkill County commissioners Chairman George F. Halcovage Jr. told the newspaper. However, with the plans for the property

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