Penn Square renovations planned

It’s unlikely anyone would call Penn Square dated, or report a musty smell and
the sight of cobwebs. Nevertheless, the mall must stay competitive and modern
to continue to attract top-tier retailers. It is home to
nameplate stores like Apple, the LEGO store and Williams-Sonoma. Additional
tenants are slated to be announced as the renovations proceed. In May, the mall
announced that Forever 21,
Oakley, Vera Bradley and Paciugo Gelato and Caffé would be joining the tenant

“The property will undergo a complete transformation, which will better serve the needs
of our customers and visitors, whether they are here for shopping, dining or
entertainment, or just to enjoy a welcoming and comfortable environment,” said
Jeff Dozier, the mall’s general manager who came on board in May.

Renovations will include redesign of mall entrances, updated
signs and interior graphics packages to help shoppers navigate their way.

Color and texture palates throughout will receive cosmetic upgrades.
Restrooms won’t be overlooked, and will have all new fixtures, floors and

One highly visible upgrade will be the food court. It will
be expanded, and (yet unnamed) healthier and local
food options will be available. Those dining in will enjoy new tables and comfortable,
padded chairs.

The best part for shoppers is that the mall’s million square feet will be
renovated in such a way
so as to not interfere too much with day-to-day operations. It is set for completion
in late spring 2013.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says the renovations and
new tenants are a sign of the strength and resiliency of the mall, and its
impact on the city. He also applauds the
continued investment in the property by
Indianapolis-based Simon.

“Simon Property Group’s commitment to a renovation and
restoration of the mall will greatly benefit the community,” he said. “It’s
another indication of the strength of our local economy and the current high
level of consumer and developer confidence in Oklahoma City.”

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