published Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Under Construction: Northgate Mall revamp starts in Hixson area

C & D Recycling from South Pittsburg work on renovations to the Northgate shopping center where TJ Maxx is located. The demolition is expected to be finished in approximately 3 weeks.
C & D Recycling from South Pittsburg work on renovations to the Northgate shopping center where TJ Maxx is located. The demolition is expected to be finished in approximately 3 weeks.
Photo by Jay Bailey.

Project: Northgate Mall is undergoing one of its biggest makeovers in its 40-year-old history.

Owner: CBL & Associates Properties Inc.

Location: Hixson Pike and state Highway 153.

Contractor: EMJ Corp.

Scope: The first phase of a multimillion-dollar renovation to the Hixson mall and adjacent shopping center will take place this year. The work at the adjacent center where TJ Maxx is located involves a major physical upgrade. The center will gain two new stores, Ross Dress for Less and Michael's Arts & Crafts. Remodeling of the mall's interior will include new flooring, ceiling and lighting upgrades and repainting. Plans also call for redoing the mall's main entrance, which faces the adjacent center.

Timeline: Work at the adjacent center is to be done before the end of the year.

Future: CBL has said it will add more new stores and restaurants at the mall.

History: The mall opened in 1972 and is 823,000 square feet. It has about 60 specialty shops as well as anchors Belk, J.C. Penney and Sears. CBL bought the mall for $11.5 million in cash over a year ago.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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