For its 50th birthday, South Hills Village is getting quite the present -- a multi-million dollar renovation that's on track to be completed by the end of the year.
Members of the media got a preview today of the progress. A number of stores that are new to the mall already are open, including Destination Maternity and Lane Bryant. Another highlight is the addition of Forever 21, among the largest of the mall's new retailers. The annex across the street also welcomed Ulta and DSW Shoe Warehouse.
Some stores are still slated to open, including Soma, Eddie Bauer and Sweet & Sassy, a full-service salon that's geared toward children. It offers special birthday party packages, such as a pink limo to pick up guests.
Other existing retailers and services expanded and/or moved to new locations within the mall as part of the project. Among them are Europe Nails, Men's Wearhouse, Johnston & Murphy and Kay Jewelers.
South Hills Village's corporate-level managers paid great attention to feedback from shoppers when planning the new retailers and expansions. One request was for stores that have local ties or a boutique feel, such as Primadonna that specializes in Italian-made shoes and accessories. It's owned by Barbara Gambotto, who moved from Rome to Fox Chapel about two years ago.
Maintaining a family-friendly environment with something in store for all ages was another important goal of the renovation. The makeover also includes interior and exterior structural upgrades, major updates to the food court (including redesigned restrooms and a new eatery), fresh features for the children's play area and more.
Look for more improvements and store openings leading up to Black Friday and through the end of the year!
Photos: Above, a sign entering the food court informs shoppers about renovations under way. Below from top: (1) The exterior of the new Forever 21 on the upper level. (2) Upgrades to the children's play area. (3) Renovations outside the Dick's Sporting Goods/Target corridor, where about 100 mall events take place each year. (Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)