DALLAS — NorthPark Center here is ready to raise the curtain on a $225 million expansion that is intended to make it the dominant mall in the highly competitive North Texas market.
The revamped space, featuring gargantuan works of art by Claes Oldenbuerg and Mark di Suvero, Barneys New York, stores, restaurants and a 15-screen AMC movie theater, opens on Friday.
Along with the 88,000-square-foot Barneys flagship, Martin + Osa, a new division of American Eagle Outfitters targeting shoppers ages 25 to 40, plans one of its first five units here in August. Sephora, a longtime tenant, is building a bigger store connected to a Klinger Advanced Aesthetics spa in the first example of the companies’ new partnership. And Nordstrom, which opened in November in the first phase of the mall’s two-year expansion, is a prototype with a new layout and fixtures.
A two-level corridor targets youth in an attempt to redress a weakness. Running between Foley’s and Nordstrom, it has dozens of stores to dress and amuse babies through teens, including Hanna Andersson, Janie and Jack, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Jacadi, Gymboree, PacSun, Hollister, Skechers, Swatch, Urban Outfitters, XXI, Aéropostale, and American Eagle Outfitters, among others. Yet to open are Play Planet Funk, BabyStyle, Puzzle Zoo, Oakley and GameStop.
Nancy A. Nasher, co-owner of the mall with her husband, David J. Haemisegger, said the goal was to lure “the best of the best” in retail, plus emerging concepts. CrewCuts, J. Crew’s new children’s line, will introduce its first freestanding store on Tuesday.
“We will have the best tenant mix and merchandise mix, and that will set us apart,” Haemisegger said.
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