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Corpus Christi, Texas Trademark Property, owner of La Palmera shopping center in Corpus Christi, Texas, said Thursday that a lineup of new tenants will be opening at the 1.02-million-sq.-ft. mall.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria and Charming Charlie will open in spring 2010, with Vans, Verizon Wireless, MTV Nails, Sarku Japan, Subway, Coffee Beanery, H.J. Smoothies & Creamery and Pretzel Maker opening this fall.

Also opening this fall will be the new 1,100-sq.-ft. community room, according to Trademark Property founding partner Terry Montesi.

“With the renovations underway, La Palmera continues to evolve into a first-class regional shopping destination,” said Montesi. “Additions such as P.F. Chang’s, Grimaldi’s, Vans and Charming Charlie are examples of the strong response to the new La Palmera as a desired location, about which we are quite pleased considering the difficult retail climate.”

The $50 million renovation is currently in the works, including the new La Palmera Cafes food court, children’s play area and expanded retail space, will begin opening this fall.

Since acquiring the mall in July 2008, 53,808 sq. ft. of space has been in play; 12 new deals (26,405 sq. ft.) have been signed including the Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop, which opened in June. An additional 16 stores have relocated or remodeled (27,403 sq. ft.) including Spencer’s, Footaction USA, Sunglass Hut, MasterCuts, EyeMasters, Kay Jewelers and Gordon’s Jewelers.

Several new restaurants and retailers will line the new outdoor Lifestyle Court, which will serve as the new main entrance, currently under construction and opening this fall.

Department stores Macy’s and Dillard’s are renovating, and J.C. Penney will launch its renovation -- complete with an in-store Sephora -- 2010.

 

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