Simon Property Group Inc. is proposing an estimated $20 million in improvements to Circle Centre mall, which spurred a downtown renaissance when it opened 20 years ago this month but now is showing signs of struggle.
New York-based Ann Taylor has provided nearly 30,000 pages of documents in response to discovery requests related to why it signed a lease in 2006 to open a Loft store in a competitor's shopping center, only to reverse itself two years later and instead open at Simon Property Group's nearby University Park Mall.
A Wall Street analyst said turnover among retailers actually creates opportunity for Simon Property Group—enabling it to replace underperforming department stores with an eclectic mix of restaurants, movie theaters and other entertainment venues that pay higher rent and boost customer traffic.
Shares in Taubman Centers Inc. surged Wednesday, one day after Jonathan Litt, an activist investor known for targeting real estate companies, pushed for the mall owner to cut costs or consider a sale of the company.
A consortium led by Indianapolis-based mall giant Simon Property Group Inc. and rival General Growth Properties Inc. has won an auction for the assets of Aeropostale Inc., with a plan to keep open at least 229 of the bankrupt teen retailer's stores.