Texas Border Business
Nationally-recognized restaurants Buddy V.’s Ristorante and Carlo’s Bakery coming in 2018
McAllen, TX, November 17, 2017 — Simon (NYSE:SPG), a global leader in premier shopping, dining and entertainment destinations, announces the opening of La Plaza’s new 245,000-square-foot expansion wing, offering highly-sought, specialty and first-to-market retailers, restaurants and entertainment options unlike anything else available in the Rio Grande Valley.
Retailers that are now open include: Kendra Scott; Reeds Jewelers; Texas de Brazil; Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; Auntie Anne’s | Cinnabon; Flip Flop Shops; Divine Formal Wear; MAC Cosmetics; Sharol Shoes; H&M and T-Mobile.Opening in December, Encore Shoes is a national and new-to-market retailer that will offer an array of shoes and accessories for the entire family.
Rio Grande Valley shoppers, families and foodies will be most excited about 2018 with the addition of popular international retail brand Zara, regional favorite Palenque Grill, nationally recognized restaurants Buddy V.’s Ristorante and Carlo’s Bakery and the country’s first Disney Junior Play Area. The first-of-its-kind, tactile play environment will allow kids to experience their favorite Disney Junior shows in a fun, open-concept floor plan with themed activities.
In addition to the opening of the expansion wing, Simon has completed the renovation of the interior and exterior of the existing mall. Shoppers will notice an enhanced look and feel of the property with renovated mall entrances, flooring, LED lighting, skylights, upgraded restrooms, luxury seating and landscaping. A new three-level parking deck connected to Dillard’s and adjacent to JCPenney was completed this month just in time for the holiday season. The new state-of-the-art parking deck will add 1,260 spaces to the mall. Last year, La Plaza opened Macy’s new two-level parking deck that added 740 spaces to the mall. Together, the parking decks can accommodate approximately 2,000 vehicles.
“Shoppers come to our properties for dining options, the sensory experience of visiting our retailers, and to enjoy a variety of entertainment offerings, creating unique destinations to spend time together,” said John Phipps, Vice President, Development. “We are confident that the combination of vibrant amenities offered in the new expansion wing will ensure La Plaza remains a top destination in the Rio Grande Valley.”
City of McAllen Mayor Jim Darling said, “La Plaza put our city on the map as a true shopping destination for the Rio Grande Valley. Simon has been a great partner since the day the renovation began, creating jobs, supporting the community and attracting visitors from all over the world. We look forward to their continued investment in McAllen with these expanded options.”