A new management team wants to revamp Chicago's Ford City Mall to make it a go-to shopping destination for families.
The property will undergo several initial changes beginning in June 2014, including exterior renovations, updated lighting and improved landscaping. The company also wants more retailers with a focus on stores selling fine jewelry and women’s and children’s clothing.
Local real estate specialists will assist the company in its search to find the right retailers to fit best with the community. Turns out, they might not need to look far.
“We’ve only been on board a few weeks and we have already received many phone calls from retailers interested in Ford City,” Ken Galvin, senior vice president of SRS Real Estate Partners said. “I’m hearing a strong desire to locate at the mall because of the incredible density and strong retail activity in the surrounding area.”
The mall has become known for recent disturbances, but the new ownership group said the right store placements will be a positive change.
In February 2013, dozens of people were arrested at Ford City Mall when 30 teens began fighting, injuring two people. A group of more than 1,000 were at the mall at the time to see the music act Mindless Behavior before the fight began.
The mall was temporarily shut down after the disturbance took place.