The Brand entrance to the Glendale Galleria, which has sat depressingly dark (save the annual pop-up Halloween store) for three years, will finally live again. The mall's owners announced today that Bloomingdale's will move into the vacant storefront, as part of a makeover. Via the press release:
The 120,000-square-foot store on two levels will headline an upscale redevelopment of the center being planned by its owner, General Growth Properties. The top two floors of the former Mervyn's location will be entirely remodeled by Bloomingdale's into a sophisticated upscale shopping experience, with construction expected to begin in 2012. The Bloomingdale's store workforce is projected to include 175 associates.The new Bloomingdale's will open in 2013 -- right around the time that Nordstrom moves from the Galleria to the Americana at Brand. (Leaving another vacant department store front -- but at least Nordstrom is in a less trafficked and noticeable part of the neighborhood.)
I wrote about the Glendale Galleria's epic fail last year and suggested back in 2008 that the Galleria needed to use the location as a new mall entrance.