When the family entertainment center Dave & Buster's opens its doors later this month, the Lifestyle Center in Polaris Fashion Place will be complete.
When the family entertainment center Dave & Buster's opens its doors later this month, the Lifestyle Center in Polaris Fashion Place at 1500 Polaris Parkway will be complete.
Glimcher Realty Trust developed the 167,000-square-foot lifestyle center from the space Kaufmann's previously occupied, said Angela Krumpelman, spokesperson for Polaris Fashion Place. The project began in June 2007 as a $52.8-million investment.
The area provides shoppers with nontraditional mall tenants, such as restaurants and entertainment centers in an open-area setting, said Jessi Fausett, spokesperson for Glimcher Realty Trust.
"There are some retailers and restaurants that prefer to be outside the traditional mall setting," Fausett said. "Their hours may be different and they like having their entrance on a street."
The area includes bookstore Barnes & Noble; specialty stores Buckeye Corner, Destination Maternity, Schakolad Chocolate Factory; apparel stores Forever XXI and Godfrys; a children's salon and celebration place Sweet and Sassy; athletic shoe store New Balance; and restaurants Benihana, Cheese Cake Factory, Cantina Laredo and The Pub.
Outdoors, the lifestyle area has a fountain that attracts children and parents, Fausett said. The fountain is closed for the fall and winter and will re-open on Memorial Day. Outdoor entertainment that local artists provide on Thursday evenings and during lunch time on Friday also will resume then, she said.
Krumpelman said the mall has seen a 5-percent increase in visitors with the opening of the lifestyle center a year ago.
"Our traffic has been trending up for the year," she said. "It's bringing more people here to visit, which is good for the economic conditions. In general, there are roughly 10-million people that will visit Polaris Fashion Place annually."
The mall will wrap up its Earning for Learning program on Oct. 10, Krumpelman said.
Shoppers can take their Polaris Fashion Place receipts to a guest reception counter and redeem them for points.
The points can be designated to the school of the shopper's choice. The schools gain points based on the per pupil expenditure. The schools with the highest points win.
"We will give away a little over $30,000 to schools with this program," Krumpelman said.