Rendering of Ridgedale's new center court
And the floodgates are opening in the Ridgedale Center management office. On the heels of Athleta’s confirmation that it will open at Ridgedale Center this fall, the mall’s Senior General Manager Joan Suko named a handful of its future neighbors: Banana Republic, Tommy Bahama, LUSH, Tumi, and Johnston & Murphy.
For Banana Republic, it's actually a return to Ridgedale, having closed several years ago, around the time the Gap-owned brand opened at Shoppes at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove. For the others companies, Ridgedale will expand their Twin Cities presence to the western suburbs.
As part of the mall’s reconfiguration for Nordstrom, which is due to open Oct. 2, Ridgedale will gain space for around 20 new stores, Suko says. Lease negotiations are nearly complete for several more new tenants. Suko says she is confident the new space, as well as existing vacancies throughout the shopping center, will almost completely be filled by fall.
Meanwhile, rennovations are underway on several existing stores including Teavana, which is closed during construction. Last year, Ridgedale had eight stores relocate and update to their latest store design. Those include Pink, White Barn Candle Company, PacSun and American Eagle.
Improvements to the mall itself in the coming months will include new tile in place of carpeting, new lighting, up and down escalators on both sides of center court, and new food options in center court. “It’s going to be dynamic,” Suko promises.