Grand Re-opening of Northgate Mall, Nov. 7
On Thursday, November 7, Northgate Mall will kick off a three-day celebration marking the completion of a multi-million dollar transformation of the mall owned by CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. The renovation is the shopping destination’s third major interior renovation since opening in 1972.
The Grand Celebration, which runs through Saturday, November 9 will launch with a public celebration of the newly completed renovations at the property. The public is invited to a ribbon cutting on Thursday, November 7 at 10 a.m. at Center Court. Refreshments will be served and musical entertainment will be provided by The Salvation Army Band, Brassworks beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Nightly renovation work allowed Northgate Mall to remain open during the seven-month makeover that features energy efficiency upgrades; ceiling and lighting upgrades; upgraded tile floors throughout the property; new paint throughout; and carpeted soft seating areas
Retailers that have opened this year include Michaels and Ross Dress for Less outside the mall and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels inside the mall. Burlington Coat Factory will open their doors in fall 2014 in a 63,000 square foot space, and Old Navy will open in January 2014.
“Our continued investment in Northgate Mall not only reinforces its place as the market dominant shopping destination, but it also helps to attract new retailers to the shopping center. We know that our shoppers want a comfortable and enjoyable shopping experience. The renovation and ongoing growth at Northgate Mall helps us deliver just that and we look forward to continuing our growth in the years to come,” said Steve Banks, General Manager.
Other family-friendly events include the grand opening of the all new Memorial Hospital – Hixson Play Area on Thursday, November 7 at 11 a.m. The water-themed soft-sided play sculptures include a dolphin, a turtle, a sand castle slide and more. Activities will include special goody bags for first 100 children, DJ and musical entertainment, cookie cake and a festive ribbon cutting. Also on Thursday, November 7, from 12 noon until 6 p.m. at Center Court, Sunny 92.3, Hits 96 and WUUQ Classic County will conduct live remotes and giveaways.
On Friday, November 8, Santa Claus will arrive to kick off the holiday season at Northgate Mall with a Pajama Party. The event will start at 6:00 p.m. at Center Court and will offer storytelling, a magic show, musical entertainment, cookie decorating and more. Kids 12 and under wearing their pajamas will receive a FREE pillowcase to take home, while supplies last.
On Saturday, November 9, join Memorial Hospital – Hixson for a Health Fair at Center Court from 12 noon until 4 p.m. Screenings offered include bone density, blood pressure, balance screening and waist circumference. Nutritional and other self tests for sleep apnea and diabetes will be offered. Vitamin World and GNC will be offering samples and The North River YMCA will showcase several of their new programs including: Diabetes Prevention; LiveStrong; and Teen Leadership.
Also on Saturday from noon until 1:30 p.m., celebrate Chick-fil-A’s 30th Anniversary in Center Court with cake (while supplies last), a magician and balloon animals. Chick-fil-A will offer great food/drink discounts and special giveaways in store all week from Monday, November 4 through Saturday, November 9.
For more go to VisitNorthgateMall.com
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