• South Hills Village announces new stores, major renovations


    BETHEL PARK, Pa. - As the mall approaches its 50th anniversary, South Hills Village will be getting several new retailers, along with more than $1 million in renovations, the owners announced Tuesday.

    Indianapolis-based owners Simon Property Group announced the complex will get new retailers Forever 21, Soma, Lane Bryant and Ulta, along with renovations to its food court, entrances and common areas.

    “We understand people are rushed for time, and want creature comforts to follow them into the mall,” said David Lee, regional director of operations for Simon.

    Altogether, 20 retailers will be added, expanded or relocated before the holiday season, when renovations are expected to be done, officials said. Other openings will be announced through the summer.

    The food court will get renovated and expanded restrooms, new tile floors, columns clad in wood and porcelain tiles and a mix of banquette seating, family tables and larger chairs for lounging similar to those in a coffee shop, said mall manager Linda Accettulla.

    Seating will be rearranged so customers can walk through the center of the food court, instead of having to circle around its perimeter.

    Five of the six entrances will be renovated with automatic doors, new lighting and new signs. The sixth was updated when Dick's Sporting Goods and Target opened at one end of the mall in 2012 and 2013.

    Escalators will be added at either end of the mall to improve accessibility. Carpet, tile and handrails will be upgraded throughout the complex.

    Lee declined to say how much the company is spending on South Hills Village, but said it is “in the range of a few million” dollars.

    Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.

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