(Crystal Proenza is associate editor of RealEstateFlorida.)

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL-The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale has takensteps to redesign part of the mall after Saks Fifth Avenue announced lastweek that they were closing a 73,000-sf store there. The storewas not meeting company profitability standards, a Saks Inc.spokesperson told GlobeSt.com, and will close July 20.

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"With the future closing of Saks Fifth Avenue at our mall, wehave a great opportunity to redesign our east wing," Mark Trouba,general manager of the Galleria, said in a release. "Our pastrenovation yielded an unprecedented success so we are ready to takeanother step forward to further meet the shopping and dining wishesof our loyal customers."

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The million-sf Galleria, located at 2414 East Sunrise Blvd.,underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation that was completed in2004. Mall owners are currently working with architects to reshapethe soon-to-be vacant Saks space, possibly turning it from ananchor store into multiple, smaller shops to suit shoppers' needs.The mall's current anchors include Macy's, Dillard's and NeimanMarcus.

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The mall is also announcing its newest opening of a Kate Spadestore in a 2,430-sf space, adding to the mall's top-producingstores such as Ann Taylor, Coach, Guess, J. Crew and Lucky Brand.The Galleria has also recently announced its newest restaurantaddition, a 9,000-sf Truluck's to open late this year. The freshseafood restaurant will offer up to 100 wines, adding to the mall'sfine dining options, including Capital Grille, P.F. Chang's ChinaBistro and Seasons 52.

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