With new stores, Western Mall almost full

By Rosemary McCoy and Jodi Schwan

As some 41st Street vacancies are slow to fill, the Western Mall seems to be countering that trend.

The property at 41st Street and Western Avenue recently added two new tenants and has only 2,000 square feet left plus the former Tuesday Morning store in the back.

“It’s incredible,” said Raquel Blount, vice president of commercial real estate for Lloyd Cos., who represents the property.

“We think the new tenants are a great addition to the already strong mix of options there and a good complement to the existing businesses.”

Kids 2 College Furniture is leasing 8,000-square-feet in the former Hancock Fabrics and is in the process of remodeling it.

The storefront on the south side of the mall will have more windows and awnings, and the inside is getting a face lift as well, owner Traci Cavanaugh said. She hopes to be relocated in October or definitely before the holidays.

Kids 2 College, which sells bedroom furniture, has been in the same retail center as Nyberg’s Ace Hardware on West 41st Street since it opened in 2010. The store’s lease there runs through the end of the year.

The new location is almost twice as large, Cavanaugh said, and she’s planning to fill it with additional inventory and new offerings. She’s adding toys, stuffed animals and dress-up clothes. There will be a castle in the new store where kids can play.

“I love being around the giggles and hearing the gasps when they walk in,” she said. The new store will be as colorful as the current space, and she’ll continue to encourage kids to climb on the beds.

“They can test things out, and it tells us if they are the right age to get in it by themselves,” she said of the younger customers.

Her additional inventory will include more lofted beds, which are growing in popularity because they give teens and young adults more room for other furniture. “It helps makes their room a place to hang out, somewhere they can have a little privacy,” she said.

Her new landlord is Bill Hinks, her former boss of 14 years. Hinks owns South Dakota Furniture Mart, the largest tenant in the Western Mall. She got a chuckle out of his first impression of her store: “Bill came out and he said, ‘You like color don’t you?’ ”

Creativity also will be on display in the other new tenant at the Western Mall — AR Workshop. The business is taking a former men’s clothing store space near Potbelly Sandwich Shop on the east side of the property.

AR Workshop includes a lounge and bar area designed to entertain customers while they craft and create DIY projects. It’s scheduled to open in September.

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With new stores, Western Mall almost full

As some 41st Street vacancies are slow to fill, the Western Mall seems to be countering that trend.

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