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By drwhj421 on Apr 27, 2013 02:47 AM
DANBURY -- After more than four years vacant, the former Filene's anchor store at the Danbury Fair mall will be occupied by two national retailers before the end of 2010.


, senior property manager at the mall, said Dick's Sporting Goods and XXI Forever should be open in time for the holiday shopping season.


The stores are part of the first phase of "repurposing" the 166,000-square-foot anchor store. Construction crews are already preparing the space to turn it over to the new tenants for renovations.


"It's great to see activity in the michael kors bag building and tradesmen hard at work," Ruby said.


The space will be divided into several areas, she said, with XXI Forever occupying the first floor and a portion of the second, or ground floor, that is located on the same level as the parking lot.


Dick's Sporting Goods will occupy about 48,000 square feet and will have exterior access, as will speciality retail shops and restaurants that will take up the remaining space, about 40,000 square feet, on the ground floor in the second phase of the project.


, the mall's marketing manager, said breaking up the space is an example of how shopping centers continue to grow and change.


"This unique combination of large format retail, XXI Forever and Dick's Sporting Goods, and several smaller specialty retailers or michael kors purses outlet restaurants is a reflection of how the retail experience has michael kors factory outlet evolved to bringing nontraditional mall retailers alongside more typical anchor and in-line specialty stores," she said.


"These brands broaden the center's range of offerings and experiences, complementing Danbury Fair's existing and very strong fashion offerings."


She added cheap michael kors bags that in addition to the millions the stores plan to spend on renovations, XXI Forever plans to do more than $2.3 in work, according to city records. Macerich, the company that owns the mall, has invested more than $40 million since buying the property in 2007.


Eigen said the mall has attracted many national retailers to Danbury including , 77kids, Nine West, Coach and Sephora.


, president of the , said the new stores not only bring more jobs to the area, but renovations also employ construction workers and that results in a "multiplier" effect of investments made at the center.


"It's great to see something happening with michael kors canada that space," Bull said of the former Filene's anchor store. "This bolsters what we already know about Danbury, that it's the retail mecca of Connecticut."


Neil Marcus, who has received city approval to build the Shops at down the road from the mall, said Dick's has been looking at the area for a while and had considered locations in Brookfield.
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