Friday, August 3, 2012

Rock Hill Galleria gets new stores, remodel

Rock Hill Galleria is getting several upgrades, including a new bowling alley and a multimillion dollar renovation of the mall's Belk anchor store.

The mall is adding Revolutions, a 66,640 square-foot bowling alley and entertainment center. Located on the mall's north side, Revolutions is expected to open this winter. In addition to 30 bowling lanes, the business will include an arcade, lazer tag, bumper cars, a restaurant and bar, and a 100-seat sports theater. There will also be live music and dancing.

Charlotte-based Belk is also spending $6 million to remodel and expand its Rock Hill Galleria store. The department store will be expanded by 20,000 square feet, offering more merchandise and updated selling space. Belk has already carried out similar renovations at its Carolina Place and SouthPark stores. The Galleria store will remain open during the remodel, Belk said, and a grand reopening of the completed store is set for fall 2013.

"“The renovated store will reflect the latest in retail layout, decor and merchandise presentation, and will allow us to offer customers expanded assortments of apparel, shoes, accessories and other merchandise," said Belk executive Bill Roberts, in a statement. The store is adding 25 positions as a result, he said.

And JCPenney is opening its new Sephora store-within-a-store at its Galleria location on Friday, August 10. JCPenney has also increased the size of its Galleria store by more than 40 percent, from 51,600 square feet to 83,000 square feet. The retailer has struggled since changing its price strategy, however.

“The addition of Revolutions, along with the expansions of the Belk and jcpenney department stores, are positive steps in re-energizing the retail and entertainment offerings at the tri-county’s only enclosed shopping center,” said Chris Maguire, CEO of Galleria developer Cypress Equities.

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