Shoppers start pulling out your wallets and purses, The Harlem Irving Plaza (HIP) Mall, 4104 N Harlem Avenue, will become even bigger with their new expansion plan coming fall of 2013. The mall will expand by 100,000 square feet of additional space, bringing more outlets to the mall. Popular shops and eateries including Red Robin, Xsport Fitness, Sports Authority and Panera Bread are a few of the new venues that will be arriving with the expansion. The idea to increase the space came after Owner Harlem Irving Cos bought the LaSalle Bank and its parking lot, formally located at 4242 N Harlem, for a reported 12.5 million dollars. After years of meetings with the village and multiple concerns being asked by the township, the green light was given to begin the process.
With the expansion of the mall and new shops, additional jobs will also be offered to the community and create more business. According to chicagobusiness.com, Edan Gelt, Marketing Director for Harlem Irving Cos, says that “there are more than a million people who live within five miles of the H.I.P”, and with that in mind, the expansion will fit the need of the customers, especially with the new fitness center.
The mall opened in 1956 after the land was originally used to farm livestock. Once began as a 337,000 square foot strip mall, since then became home to various department stores. The mall in 2003 added a two story Target shopping center, adding an additional 175,000 square feet to the mall and Carson Pirie Scott which replaced then popular store Wieboldt’s in 1988. The expansion hopes to extend its shoppers base with the new additions and bring additional business to other boutiques in the mall.
More information about the new stores and design of the additional space are available on the stores website.
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