UPPER ST. CLAIR (KDKA) — South Hills Village is about to get a multi-million dollar makeover.
“We are just so excited to offer this to our customers,” Jennifer Carroll, the mall’s marketing director told KDKA money editor Jon Delano on Thursday.
“As you know, we’ve been the number one shopping destination in the South Hills since 1964.”
Owned by Simon properties — the same owners of Ross Park Mall — South Hills Village in Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park was upgraded recently with new anchor tenants, Target and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
But along with its traditional anchors — Macy’s and Sears — and 130 specialty stores, the mall is promising much more.
As part of their upgrade, South Hills Village will be adding up to 20 new or renovated stores in 2014.
The mall won’t share the names except these few, said Carroll: “Forever 21, Soma, we have Color Me Mine whose grand opening was just today, and then we have a boutique Primadonna.”
Besides new retailers, the upgrade includes a new look at the five mall entrances, two new sets of escalators replacing staircases at both ends of the mall, and a brand new food court with better seating, new flooring, charging stations and a whole new feel.
“It will make the customers feel really cared for,” says Allison Rhodes, who owns the recently opened Color Me Mine.
Rhodes hopes the renovations will be good for business.
“It will make the customers a lot more comfortable. It will bring them in to look at all the other stores more,” she adds.
Shoppers seemed excited about the news, too.
“Oh, wouldn’t that be wonderful. And it would be some competition for Ross Park maybe, too,” noted Gloria Chape of Baldwin.
Although South Hills Village is Pittsburgh’s first all-enclosed mall, Bill Stein of Mt. Lebanon said all the changes “help people understand that it is an ongoing future-oriented business.”