Area malls weathering economic storms

Area malls weathering economic storms

June 28th, 2009 by Andy Johns in Trends2009places

Shopping hot spots

SE Tennessee

Hamilton Place

* Hamilton Place Boulevard in Chattanooga

* 143 shops and restaurants

* 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday

* Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

* 423-894-7177

www.hamiltonplace.com

Northgate Mall

* Highway 153 and Hixson Pike in Chattanooga

* 69 shops and restaurants

* 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday

* Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

* 423-875-4351

www.visitnorthgatemall.com

Bradley Square Mall

* 200 Paul Huff Parkway in Cleveland

* 51 shops and restaurants

* 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday

* Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

* 423-472-5080

www.shopbradleysquare.com

Nw Georgia

Walnut Square Mall

* 2150 E. Walnut Ave. in Dalton

* 61 shops and restaurants

* 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday

* Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

* 706-226-3777

www.walnutsquaremall.com

Dalton Outlet Shops

* Market Street in Dalton

* 24 shops

* 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday

* Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

* 706-277-2688

www.daltonoutletshops.com

Prime Outlets at Calhoun

* 455 Belwood Road in Calhoun, Ga.

* 46 shops and restaurants

* 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday trough Saturday

* 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

* 706-602-1305

Leaders at local malls remain confident that sales will pick up and say new stores continue to open.

"We are still seeing a lot of interest from a lot of retailers," said Catharine Pangratz, marketing director for Hamilton Place mall.

In 2008, Aldo, Charlotte Russe and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers opened at the mall, and Barnes & Noble expanded, she said.

At Northgate Mall, Hamilton County's other major shopping area, many stores have remodeled lately, including J.C. Penney, Victoria's Secret, Kay Jewelers and Zales, according to Joe Janosko, the mall's senior general manager.

He also mentioned Shane's Rib Shack and Panera Bread, two relatively new restaurants that have opened in or adjacent to the mall.

Northgate, built in the 1970s, continues to keep pace with strip malls and shopping centers that have sprouted up around the county, he said.

"It's weathered the competitive storms over the years," he said.

Ms. Pangratz said part of Hamilton Place's strength comes from its location along Interstate 75. The mall routinely draws shoppers from a 16-county area in Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia, she said.

Mr. Janosko said Northgate has a smaller area to draw from.

"Northgate Mall is more localized to Hamilton County than Hamilton Place," he said.

Ms. Pangratz said Hamilton Place offers stores that shoppers would otherwise have to drive to Nashville, Knoxville or Atlanta to visit.

"Really, what drives traffic to any shopping center is the merchandise mix," she said.


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