CHERRY HILL, NJ-Houseware and furniture retailer Crate & Barrel has signed a lease for 34,000 sf at Cherry Hill Mall, in a deal orchestrated by Steven Gartner, president of Metro Commercial Real Estate. The Philadelphia-based PREIT owns the mall, which is currently undergoing a major redevelopment. Terms were not disclosed.

For its initial store in South Jersey, serving the metro Philadelphia market, Crate & Barrel will occupy a freestanding site on the mall’s grounds. Construction on its two-level building is just under way, with an opening slated for the fall.

As reported by, the 1.3 million-sf Cherry Hill Mall’s redevelopment also includes the addition of a two-story, 140,000-sf Nordstrom, plus the Container Store and several other specialty retailers. All are expected to be open for business between now and the mall’s scheduled grand re-opening in the spring of 2009. Existing anchors include Macy’s, JC Penney and Old Navy.

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