NEW YORK — The Mills Corp. is getting serious about designer outlets.
On Thursday, the real estate developer unveiled a plan to open a 110,000-square-foot addition — The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass — to its Sawgrass Mills shopping center in Sunrise, Fla. The Colonnade will feature Mediterranean architecture, fountains, restaurants and plazas, and an undetermined number of high-end and designer outlets in an open-air setting. No tenants have signed leases yet, but discussions are under way, according to a Mills spokeswoman.
Sawgrass is considered Florida’s largest retail and entertainment center.With Colonnade, it grows to 2.3 million leasable square feet.
Some Mills centers do have a few upscale outlets, such as Max Mara, Escada, Hugo Boss, St. John Knits and Tod’s, but Sawgrass Mills will be the first in the portfolio to have a designated area featuring a concentration of designer and high-end outlets.It’s possible similar additions would one day be considered for other locations, but the spokeswoman said Mills is currently not planning any others.
Sawgrass Mills, which opened in 1990, also said it will be renovated. The company declined to specify how much is being spent on the construction and enhancements. The renovation of the center begins this week and will be completed by Thanksgiving.?Plans for The Colonnade were submitted to the City of Sunrise this month, formally initiating the city’s 90-day approval process.
Sawgrass Mills, opened in 1990, will undergo an eight-month renovation involving replacing sections of the floor and carpeting, adding lighting to common areas, painting common areas, adding seating, remodeling restrooms and food courts and installing directional signs. To further make the mall easier to navigate, floor and ceiling treatments will change as customers go from one shopping area to the next. While having a wide mix of retailers — more than 400, including Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nordstrom Rack, Off 5th, Bed Bath & Beyond and Target Greatland, as well as Legal Sea Foods, Wolfgang Puck Café, The Cheesecake Factory and Regal 23 Cinemas — it’s also challenging to see it all. From one end of the mall to the other is approximately 1.5 miles.
The renovations will take place after normal operating hours to ensure minimal disruption to shoppers.?Sawgrass Mills is at the crossroads of West Sunrise Boulevard and Flamingo Road, 10 miles west of Fort Lauderdale and 30 miles from Miami-Dade and Palm Beach.?Mills Corp., based in Arlington, Va., is a real estate investment trust that owns, develops, leases, manages and markets a portfolio of 27 retail and entertainment destinations totaling 34 million square feet.
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