Mall has $60-million makeover

Published March 1, 2007

Westfield Brandon, a 12-year-old regional mall at I-75 and State Road 60, opens a 150,000-square-foot wing with 13 stores today. And more grand openings will follow.

What's new?

Stores in the mall's new wing include mall newcomers Coldwater Creek, Sephora and Swarovski. Part of a $60-million upgrade, the new stores will get more company with the grand openings of Dick's Sporting Goods on March 16, Books-a-Million April15 and Cheesecake Factory April23.

More news to come

Mall officials said they are close to deals for most of the remaining space, including two more signature sit-down restaurants. Last month, Panera Bread took over a space vacated last year by American Cafe. When it's all done, the mall will have 160 stores, up from 136, and cover 1.1-million square feet, just a tad smaller than all five of its larger Tampa Bay area rivals.

'More upmarket'

New Westfield Brandon tenants disclosed Wednesday were Lucky Brand Jeans, White House/Black Market, Gymboree, Abercrombie and Crush Tan Spa. "We're taking the property more upmarket to reflect the changing demographics of Brandon, but we will remain a family mall," said mall general manager Dave Hibberd. Westfield Brandon ranked in the top tier of bay area malls with sales of $525 per square foot in 2006.