Whitman Mall Expansion Begins

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Construction has began on a renovation project at Walt Whitman Shops, formerly known as Walt Whitman Mall, that will introduce new stores and restaurants to Huntington.

Eleven new stores, encompassing a total of 72,000 square feet of additional retail space are planned, according to Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, the mall's owners.

Construction which began recently is expected to be completed in fall 2013, according to a company press release.

Last upgraded in 1999, the mall's new look will include 42,000 square-feet of additional space at ground level and 30,000 square-feet of second level. The project will transform the Route 110 entrance to the property to include installation of accent lighting, comfortable soft seating areas, color scheme through paint and flooring, a new Center Court, complete renovation of customer restrooms and select new skylights.

"Through this project, we are providing shoppers with everything they could ask for; more stores and premium brands as well as more dining options in a thoroughly revitalized setting," said Thomas J. Schneider, executive vice president of Simon Property Group, in a press release Monday.

Highlights of the expansion and revitalization include a pedestrian-friendly exterior streetscape, new landscaping, upgraded site lighting, 150 additional parking spaces, driveway reorientation, new traffic lights and a bus stop relocation to the south side of the property.

According to company officials, a number of existing merchants will be relocating, renovating or expanding, including Apple, Cache and Victoria's Secret.

Among the new retailers slated to open at Walt Whitman Shops are:

Anthropologie, inspired by soulfulness, sincerity and the appreciation for innovation, offers a one-of-a-kind and compelling shopping experience that makes women feel beautiful, hopeful and connected.The 8,681 square-foot store will invite shoppers in to enjoy the clever details and fine craftsmanship of the brand's clothing, shoes, accessories, lounge & beauty and house & home products.

Free People is a contemporary brand that strives to cater to the intelligence, creativity, confidence and individuality of young women. The 1,777 square-foot location will feature Free People's collection of sweaters, knits, dresses, skirts and outerwear in many colors and patterns along with denim, intimates, shoes and accessories.

Swarovski is the world's leading producer of cut crystal, genuine gemstones, and created stones. The 800 square-foot boutique will feature its collections, which continually reflect the spirit of the times, including jewelry,RGB color changing LEDs, LED fixtures, LED under counter lights, flexible LED strips, Book scanner bulbs, commercial LED lighting. fashion accessories, watches, home accessories and crystal objects, as well as crystal chandeliers and lighting systems.

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