The new Georgia Street entrance to Circle Centre mall that Simon Property Group Inc. hopes will drive more traffic to the downtown shopping destination should open by summer.
Simon, which manages Circle Centre, said in a press release that the entrance will be located at the south end of the mall, west of Meridian Street.
The entrance is among $20 million in improvements Simon wants to make to the mall. IBJ reported in September that the upgrades would include an overall freshening of the 752,000-square-foot mall, including new lighting and seating, an upgraded food court, upgraded bathrooms, construction of a mall entrance on Georgia Street and improvements to other entrances to help better draw in passers-by.
“The addition of a new entrance on the south side of the shopping center will allow our guests to move seamlessly from Circle Centre mall’s fantastic dining establishments to retail and entertainment destinations inside the mall,” said Luke Aeschliman, the mall’s general manager, in a written statement.
Simon’s announcement of the new entrance comes as the mall has shed several tenants in recent weeks, including California Pizza Kitchen, Johnny Rockets, Abercrombie & Fitch, American Greetings card shop, Gap and Gap Kids, Johnston & Murphy and Yankee Candle Co.
New additions include Nada, an upscale Mexican eatery, opening in the spring, and Punch Bowl Social in the fall. Both will be located in part of the former Nordstrom space that ran along South Meridian Street between Georgia and Maryland streets.
A Primanti Bros. sandwich shop is replacing California Pizza Kitchen on the southeast corner of Maryland and Illinois streets and should begin serving customers in the fall.