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Riverchase Galleria, Hoover, Ala.


Alabama’s number-one shopping destination can now say that it is not only getting a new Von Maur department store, but also a full-scale renovation.

General Growth Properties and Jim Wilson & Associates’ Riverchase Galleria, located in Hoover, Ala., has unveiled a massive redevelopment project that will include expansive updates, modernization, and enhancement of both the interior and the exterior of the property.

Scheduled to begin in 2012 and be completed in 2013, other improvements include: relocation and upgrade of Center Court elevators to enhance sight-lines and provide better customer service; installation of aesthetic architectural elements, including pendant fixtures and “sails” with accent lighting throughout Center Court; upgrading and modernizing mall entrances and pedestrian bridge entrances; parking deck improvements; and the renovation and expansion of Center Court public restrooms. New landscaping and way-finding signage will be indigenous and complementary of the surrounding Riverchase and Hoover communities.

“GGP is proud of the reputation Riverchase Galleria has in Hoover and the entire state of Alabama,” said Tom Martin, senior general manager, Riverchase Galleria. “The proposed redevelopment and refresh of the center is critical to the success of the center. With the addition of Von Maur, the reputation and popularity of the Galleria is only further solidified as the premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination.”

Alabama’s first Von Maur will open to Riverchase Galleria’s new refreshed look in 2013. The 187,000-sq.-ft. store is located in the eight-story-high glass atrium at center court under the world’s largest skylight. It will be the Galleria’s fifth department store, joining Macy’s, Sears, J.C. Penney and Belk. Von Maur will join other soon-to-open retailers, such as Jared Jewelry and Earth Fare.

Riverchase Galleria is a joint venture between General Growth Properties and Jim Wilson & Associates. The property opened in February 1986 and recently celebrated its 26th anniversary.

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