West­field over­haul

West­field Broward mall adding din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - LOCAL - By Lisa J. Huri­ash Staff writer lhuri­ash@sun­sen­tinel.com, 954-572-2008 or Twit­ter @LisaHuri­ash

New shops, out­door din­ing, bowl­ing and video games are com­ing to the Plan­ta­tion mall.

The West­field Broward mall’s Sears store in Plan­ta­tion will be re­duced in size by its land­lord to make way for new shops, out­door din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment space, in­clud­ing bowl­ing and video games, ac­cord­ing to records.

The names of the six restau­rants and five new re­tail shops in the de­vel­op­ment project, which would be “north of [a] $20 mil­lion in­vest­ment,” haven’t been an­nounced yet.

The new site will be “a place to be seen,” said Paul D’Arelli, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of Ser­itage Growth Prop­er­ties, which is the com­pany that bought 235 Sears and K-Mart stores in 49 states and Puerto Rico in 2015, and leases the space back to them.

Sears Hold­ings Corp. sold the prop­er­ties for $2.7 bil­lion.

Sears’ 180,000-square-foot space oc­cu­pies two floors at the West­field Mall, for­merly known as the Broward Mall, at Univer­sity Drive and Broward Boule­vard. Un­der the plan, it will be down­sized by half, in­clud­ing to ex­clude all of its auto cen­ter.

Ser­itage of­fi­cials said they will file site plans with Plan­ta­tion City Hall next week.

Construction could be com­plete by late next year. Pa­per­work sub­mit­ted to City Hall shows the pre­lim­i­nary name of the project is “Plaza at Broward Mall.”

D’Arelli said the pro­posed site will be a “vi­brant, ac­tive hub” and have a “so­phis­ti­cated vibe.”

D’Arelli told the Sun Sen­tinel on Thurs­day that the com­pany has al­ready in­for­mally no­ti­fied Sears in a “pre­lim­i­nary dis­cus­sion” it will “re­cap­ture” the space. The store will have to de­cide on its own how to rear­range its in­ven­tory.

“We want this to be a bea­con of ex­cite­ment and en­ergy,” he said of the new project.

Said Mayor Diane Vel­tri Ben­dekovic: “I think it’s the miss­ing part we need in the West­field Mall.”

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