Galleria Expansion Rendering
Rendering of Galleria's east side expansion.
Last night, the city of Edina approved Galleria’s plans to add 20,000 square feet of retail space to the east side of the mall. The plans call for five to 10 new stores, a coffee shop, a restaurant, and a grand entrance—something the long (literally, long!) center has always lacked.
The addition hinges on Barnes & Noble’s move to the lower level—construction is currently underway on the new store, which will be one of the first in the country to feature a full service restaurant. Once the bookstore is out of its current two level storefront, probably by November, Galleria will begin reconfiguring that space. Lease negotiations are underway, Galleria's General Manager Jerry Cohen confirmed, adding that it’s too soon to name names.
“This is the best opportunity we’ve had to change the center since the addition of the Westin,” Cohen says. “In the past, we’ve remained virtually 100 percent leased, which means every improvement has to be a chess move. This gives us a clean slate to build and design it, to go after the tenants that will continue to grow our demographics and keep us moving forward.”
Free People opens at Galleria on Friday. Vineyard Vines and Tory Burch are scheduled to open in the fall.
The approval of Galleria’s expansion plan dispels the rumors that Gabberts will exit the center. There had been talk of a four-story building to go on top of the Gabberts space, but the upscale home store and original Galleria tenant, now owned by HOM Inc., has extended its lease to 2020, Cohen says.
The addition will bring the Hines-owned Galleria to 397,000 square feet.