MONTCLAIR, CA-General Growth Properties of Chicago has kicked off the renovation of its 1.3-million-sf Montclair Plaza, where Nordstrom is slated to begin its own renovations in February. Retailers will remain open during the interior remodeling, which will update a property that originally opened in 1968 as a single-level regional center. The renovations are scheduled to be completed in October.

In addition to the renovations, General Growth Properties is also developing plans to create a retail expansion for a vacant former Macy’s building, according to Larry Martin, general manager of Montclair Plaza. The renovation and remodeling will include interior finishing of common areas, replacing of the handrails throughout the entire mall, new ceiling materials and lighting to soften the industrial look of exposed metal beams, new fixtures and furniture, soft seating and new balconies. Other features of the project will include the addition of new family restrooms on the lower level in the Sear’s wing, a new play area will be adjacent to the family restrooms, replacement of the food court bridge and a host of other upgrades and additions.

Nordstrom’s remodeling plan will be designed to make the 134,000-sf store more inviting, including new tile and carpeting, updated dressing rooms, new concept fixtures and updated lighting in every department, as well as new exterior landscaping. Nordstrom will also be remodeling its café.

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