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Walmart announces new supercenter at Metrocenter Mall

Today, Walmart announced plans to build a Supercenter at the iconic Metrocenter Mall, near I-17 and 35th Avenue, in northwest Phoenix. Work on the project is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015 with the demolition of the former Broadway building, which has been vacant since 2006.

Officials with Walmart, the City of Phoenix and Metrocenter Mall, as well as area business owners and community leaders, were on-hand for the Supercenter announcement. This marks the single largest capital investment in Metrocenter Mall in decades.

“Metrocenter Mall is a Phoenix landmark that has served shoppers from across Arizona for decades,” said Phoenix City Councilwoman Thelda Williams. “I’m proud to be a part of this announcement with Walmart and I know that, together with its efforts and those of the City of Phoenix and area business and community leaders, Metrocenter Mall’s best days are still ahead.”

Metrocenter Mall opened in 1973 as the biggest shopping center in Arizona and one of the largest nationwide. Recent years saw Metrocenter challenged by the establishment of competing regional malls, changing shopping patterns and the Great Recession. Now, Metrocenter Mall owner Carlyle Development Group, the City of Phoenix and community leaders are intent on bringing new life to the area. In mid-March, the Phoenix City Council unanimously approved a redevelopment plan that will, over the coming decade, guide land use, infrastructure upgrades and public transportation for a 2,500-acre area, including Metrocenter Mall. Currently, the retail vacancy rate in the vicinity averages 28 percent, more than double the citywide figure.

The construction of a Walmart Supercenter is a critical part of Metrocenter’s turnaround, said Warren Fink, COO of Carlyle Development Group.

“Our vision when we acquired Metrocenter Mall two-and-a-half years ago was to bring in a well-known anchor to serve our local community. Walmart more than fulfills that requirement and we are thrilled to welcome them,” said Fink. “This is a first step toward revitalizing a once dominant mall, rebuilding customer commitment and moving forward with plans for the future of Metrocenter that include rezoning to permit complimentary uses such as multifamily apartments, senior housing, corporate offices, healthcare facilities and medical offices.”

Marcia Veidmark, Chairwoman of the North Mountain Business Alliance, is supportive of the Walmart Supercenter, and said its development should help attract additional customers and capital investment to the area.

“This is a very good day for Metrocenter Mall and for the Metro and North Mountain communities,” said Veidmark.  “Walmart’s investment can be a catalyst for economic growth and job creation.  We need both of these.”

New Supercenter, Same High-Quality Walmart Products and Services

The new Walmart Supercenter at Metrocenter Mall is scheduled to open in 2016. The 148,000-square-foot store will provide 24/7 shopping convenience and offer quality, value-priced general merchandise that includes apparel, electronics, toys and sporting goods. The store also will feature a full-service pharmacy and complete line of groceries, including organic selections, fresh dairy and meat departments and local favorites.

Walmart will construct the Supercenter with industry-leading technology to maximize energy efficiency, conserve water and minimize waste. Environmentally responsible features will include LED lighting, high-efficiency HVAC units and the use of drought-tolerant landscaping irrigated with a low-flow and drip watering system.

Once open, the Supercenter will employ an estimated 250 associates. A mix of full- and part-time positions will be available throughout the store, including: department managers, customer service, personnel, maintenance, sales associates, stocking positions, cashiers and more.

“Walmart is committed to the Phoenix community, and we’re thrilled this Supercenter will bring one-stop shopping convenience to our customers while playing a key role in the revitalization of Metrocenter Mall,” said Paula Ginnett, a Walmart Vice President and Regional General Manager. “This is truly a win-win, and we are grateful to Metrocenter Mall officials, the City of Phoenix, community leaders and – most of all – Walmart customers for making it possible.”

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Metrocenter Mall Food Court 100 Percent Occupied

Holiday shoppers at Phoenix’s Metrocenter Mall can eat, drink and be merry with the addition of several new food court tenants. The new concepts add variety to the mall’s dining environment and bring the food court to 100 percent occupancy.

These new Metrocenter Mall food court tenants include:

·       All American Burger – A regional tenant opening its second Arizona location, All American Burger occupies 1,043 square feet and offers American favorites such as burgers, chilidogs and homemade fries.

·       Finny’s Fish Bar – A locally based tenant expanding its Jade Express restaurant concept, Finny’s Fish Bar occupies 2,024 square feet and offers a new take on seafood with seafood platters, fish tacones, fish-n-chips and unique side dishes.

·       Pita Paradise Grill – A locally based tenant opening its second Phoenix location, Pita Paradise Grill is leasing 1,010 square feet and offers Mediterranean and Greek cuisine ranging from kabob and gyro plates to Mediterranean sandwiches and wraps, salads, soups and desserts.

Food court tenant Maya, which also operates restaurants in other nearby malls, will expand its menu at Metrocenter Mall as well, adding authentic Mexican food to an existing line up of natural fruits and specialty ice cream, yogurt, shaved ice, smoothies and milkshakes.

These companies join current Metrocenter Mall food court and specialty food tenants including #1 Sushi, Auntie Anne’s, Charley’s Grilled Subs, Cinnabon, Dairy Queen/Orange Julius, Hickory Farms, Hot Dog on a Stick, Jade Express, Lombardo’s Gelato, Subway, Villa Pizza and Wetzel’s Pretzels.

“This makes for a really dynamic combination of national, regional and local entities,” said Metrocenter Mall Senior Vice President of Leasing Anita Blackford. “It’s a great mix. Our national tenants provide the draw and stability of a known brand. Our local concepts infuse that with very unique menus that make a trip to our mall something different—an experience that shoppers can’t get anywhere else.”

“From the moment the enclosed shopping center came into being, food has been the strongest central element,” added Metrocenter Mall Director of Marketing Deb Jacupke. “During exit surveys, shoppers consistently rank food as the number one purchased item. It is critical. It rounds out the shopping experience and gives communities a place to gather and enjoy a meal together.”

The momentum in the mall’s food court also continues a steady leasing plan by Blackford and Specialty Leasing Manager Jessica Theberge that in the last six months has closed more than 50,000 square feet of new leases at the property. Some of the mall’s newest tenants include Ashley Furniture, Denali Contemporary Furniture, Pop Shots Photo, Rainbow and the Scottsdale International Auto Museum.

New York-based Carlyle Development Group (CDG) purchased Metrocenter in January 2012, following the mall spending three years in various stages of foreclosure and receivership. Since that time, CDG has established a new on-site leasing and management team that is actively marketing the 1.3 million-square-foot Phoenix retail landmark to new vendors and uses. The goal: to re-establish Metrocenter as a safe, fun, dynamic family destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.


Metrocenter Mall Completes Lease With Rainbow Shops; Marks More Than 55,000 SF In New Leases Since Start Of New Year



Leasing activity at Phoenix’s Metrocenter Mall is holding its own in 2013, with more than 55,000 SF of new leases completed since the start of the year and including the most recent major announcement — a 13,327 SF lease by Rainbow Shops, one of the fastest growing junior clothing retailers in the U.S.

Based in New York, Rainbow Shops offers clothing for juniors, plus sizes and children, as well as an extensive shoe collection. It will open its Metrocenter Mall location on Aug. 18. The retailer operates nine other locations in Arizona, and with sister brands 579 and Marianne operates more than 1,000 total locations in 37 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“Rainbow is a growing, nationally known tenant that will add a fun new dimension to our mix of existing clothing stores, including Dillard’s, Macy’s, Sears, Aéropostale and Charlotte Russe,” said Metrocenter Mall Senior Vice President of Leasing Anita Blackford. “We’re thrilled to welcome them.”

According to Blackford and Specialty Leasing Manager Jessica Theberge, the mall is in negotiations now with several other national fashion retailers, and hopes to welcome those companies to the mall later this year and into 2014.

Other new mall leases completed by Blackford and Theberge during second quarter include:

>> Denali Contemporary Furniture – 7,457 SF, opened in June.

>> Vision Mattress Depot – 4,320 SF, opening in 2Q 2013.

>> International Cancer Advocacy Network – 2,385 SF, opened in June.

>> Pop Shots Photo – 2,130 SF, opened in July.

>> All American Burger – 1,043 SF, opened in July.

>> Cinnabon – 774 SF renovation as new company prototype, opening by fourth quarter.

>> Jewelry World – 592 SF via in-line store and kiosk, opened in June.

These tenants join a 15,000 SF Ashley Furniture, 7,166 SF Scottsdale International Auto Museum and 1,002 SF Metrocenter Arcade, which all opened at Metrocenter Mall during 1Q 2013.


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Metrocenter Mall Continues Repositioning With Addition Of New Marketing Director

Metrocenter Mall has increased its on-the-ground repositioning power with the addition of industry veteran Deb Jacupke as director of marketing.

With more than three decades of experience in marketing, redevelopment, leasing and property management, Jacupke will apply her multi-market expertise to advance the revival of the mall — a Phoenix retail landmark on I-17 between Peoria and Dunlap roads.

Jacupke previously served in roles including director of marketing, CEO, general manager and VP of property management and marketing for retail properties across the West and Midwest.

She has directed lease-up programs, mall re-development plans and strategic marketing efforts for assets ranging from neighborhood retail centers and urban shopping centers to regional and super-regional malls. In the process, she has achieved a track record of success in strategic community partnerships, events planning, re-branding and advertising. Additional areas of expertise include budget management, operations and staff development.

Jacupke joins the mall’s team of on-site experts, including General Manager Brent Meszaros, Senior Vice President of Leasing Anita Blackford and the experience and resources of new mall owner Carlyle Development Group (CDG), which purchased Metrocenter out of three years of foreclosure and receivership, and is actively marketing the property to new vendors and uses.

“At 1.3 MSF, Metrocenter Mall is a sizeable property with sizeable opportunity,” said Carlyle Development Group COO Warren Fink. “Deb has the creativity and the industry acumen to identify the best of these opportunities, and move them forward for the benefit of our tenants and community. We are very pleased to have her on board.”

Jacupke is a past faculty member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and a graduate of ICSC’s Marketing Institute, Leasing Institute and Management Institute. She holds a Certified Marketing Director Designation and is a former New Mexico real estate broker.



Metrocenter Mall Signs Deal with Scottsdale International Auto Museum


This year’s Barrett-Jackson auction may be over, but the Valley’s classic car buzz continues at Metrocenter Mall, thanks to a newly signed lease with the Scottsdale International Metrocenter Auto Museum.

The lease welcomes Arizona’s largest vintage auto museum into more than 7,000 SF of in-line mall space and kicks off a year of special events that will include car shows, community street fairs and classic car auctions.

“Phoenix has a proven appetite for vintage cars. People here love them, and we’re ready to give them more of what they love,” said Tommee “Vegas” Ranger, who founded the museum organization in 2010 with industry icons Leo Gephart and Jack Gartley.

“Metrocenter Mall is centrally located in the Valley and the perfect place to keep that collector car excitement going year-round. We hope it serves as a prototype for mini-museums that we can duplicate in malls across the U.S.”

According to Ranger, the Scottsdale International Metrocenter Auto Museum at Metrocenter Mall will open with approximately $5M in rare collector cars on display. It also features a unique boutique with a range of vehicle-themed products, from artwork and t-shirts to high-end apparel and custom products from the GRG (Gephart-Ranger-Gartley) and Tommee Vegas lines.

The museum will begin its vehicle-related events at Metrocenter in February.

“These six auctions sold about $224 million in collector cars in just eight days. That is a $40 million increase over last year’s sales,” said Scottsdale International Metrocenter Auto Museum Assistant Curator and collector car appraiser Bill Gilmore. “People will now see that excitement continue at Metrocenter.”

Plans for the first Scottsdale International Metrocenter Mall Car Show are underway now. The event will be held in the Metrocenter interior loop/parking area and will include collector cars, food, artists and vendors with vintage auto-related merchandise.

The first Scottsdale International Collector Car Auction at Metrocenter Mall is scheduled for March 15-16 in the Metrocenter interior loop/parking area. The auction will feature the 1936 Howard Hughes Aero-Mobile (appraised at $3.5 million and currently on display in the mall’s mini-museum) and the 1988 Mellow Yellow #51 NASCAR (valued at $350,000) that was used in the 1990 hit movie “Days of Thunder” featuring film stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

Many of the museum’s events will benefit nonprofit groups such as the Dream Catchers Children Foundation.

According to Metrocenter Mall General Manager Brent Meszaros, these are the types of attractions that not only align with Metrocenter’s repositioning efforts, but are critical for malls that want to thrive in an era of Internet shopping.

“The community mall has always been more than just shopping,” Meszaros said. “It is about neighborhoods and friends and memories. This is Metrocenter’s legacy and we intend for it to be its future as well. The Scottsdale International Metrocenter Auto Museum is a great leap forward in that effort. We are thrilled to have them here.”


“We are all about the community, supporting each other and sharing our interests in a way that is fun and affordable,” said Ranger. “It is tough to do this at the big car auctions, where it costs $50 per person just to walk in the door. We are not like that. We are a fun place for husbands to visit while their wives are shopping, and for families to come together to see and learn and share the classic car experience.”


The Scottsdale International Metrocenter Auto Museum is located on the northwest side/lower level of the mall, near Sears and across from Cinnabon. It is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Admission is a $5 donation per person and children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. For a limited time, each paid entry comes with a $25 Grand Opening Special Voucher that can be used in the museum boutique.

Metrocenter Mall is also celebrating the Scottsdale International Metrocenter Auto Museum’s grand opening by displaying dozens of vintage cars, motorcycles, wooden boats and other items throughout the mall until March 16.



Metrocenter Looks Local, Partners With Kimber Lanning

A new partnership between Metrocenter and local business advocate Kimber Lanning marks the latest step by mall owner Carlyle Development Group to strengthen the connection between the retail landmark and its Phoenix community.

“We’ve spent more than a year listening, building relationships and creating a plan to meet the needs of our almost half-a-million nearby residents,” said CDG’s COO Warren Fink. “Kimber is part of our next great phase, which is to turn that plan into results.”

Lanning is an Arizona native and the founder of Local First Arizona, a nonprofit coalition of more than 2,100 Arizona-based companies working together to strengthen the local economy through the support of local businesses.

“I was raised in Glendale so I have a soft spot for this mall,” Lanning said of the 1.3 MSF property at Interstate 17, between Peoria and Dunlap roads in Phoenix.

“Thanks to Carlyle, Metrocenter looks great and is ripe to leap back into the spotlight with the right blend of national and local businesses.”

According to Lanning, local businesses provide unique experiences and one-of-a-kind products that set a mall apart from the status quo. They also keep three times more money in the local economy over national chains. This is because local business owners tend to hire other local service providers, such as accountants, graphic designers and web developers, which creates jobs and keeps more money re-circulating in Phoenix.

“Metrocenter has many locally owned, one-of-a-kind stores that respond to the needs of this area’s shopper and are thriving because of it,” said mall General Manager Brent Meszaros. “Kimber will help to increase that percentage of local representation.”

Lanning suggests options such as a furniture store, men’s clothier and hand-crafted gifts, and additional services near the mall entrances such as a musical instrument retail and repair shop.

Longtime Local First Arizona member, the Phoenix Conservatory of Music, recently relocated to the mall.

“This is one of the best schools in the country for learning about music — how to play it, how to write it and how to perform it,” Lanning says. “The school and its client list are stellar. They continually bring people through the doors.”

For Metrocenter, Lanning will actively seek out other local businesses to blend into the already diverse mall mix.

Built in 1973, Metrocenter is home to more than 125 retailers and department stores, including Dillard’s, Macy’s, Sears and a 12-screen Harkins Theatres. Other popular tenants include the Phoenix Conservatory of Music and in-line retailers such as Aéropostale, Bath & Body Works, The Children’s Place, Victoria’s Secret, Journey’s, Charlotte Ruse, Sports Chalet and Finish Line.