CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. & COVINGTON, La. – May 9, 2013 – CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., (NYSE: CBL) and Stirling Properties today announced that Dillard’s (Dillard’s, Inc. NYSE: DDS) will anchor the fashion-oriented Phase II of Fremaux Town Center in Slidell, Louisiana.
Phase I of the project is currently under construction with approximately 330,000 square feet anchored by Kohl’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Michael’s, T.J.Maxx, and Best Buy. Phase II will include up to 320,000 square feet of additional retail space. The grand opening for Phase I is scheduled for March 2014, with construction on Phase II set to begin around that same time with an opening in spring 2015.
“With construction underway on Phase I, we are pleased to welcome a key department store such as Dillard’s to Phase II,” said Michael Lebovitz, CBL’s executive vice president – development and administration. “The traction we are receiving from retailers for both phases is a testament to the strength of the market and its increasing demand for retail.”
“Fremaux Town Center has tremendous momentum at this stage and we are thrilled with Dillard’s decision to join the project,” said Townsend Underhill, Stirling Properties’ senior vice president of development. “Upon completion of both phases we believe this project will be the premier retail property in the Slidell market and something that local residents can be very proud of.”
Dillard’s will open a single-level, 126,000-square-foot store featuring a large selection of fashion apparel, cosmetics and home merchandise tailored specifically to the tastes and preferences of Dillard’s Slidell-area customers. These assortments will reflect the Company’s strong commitment to provide shoppers with more choices in premium brands, including Dillard’s exclusive label merchandise. Dillard’s at Fremaux Town Center will feature the company’s latest advances in store design and presentation.
Dillard’s Chief Executive Officer, William Dillard, II, stated, “We are pleased to announce our commitment to Fremaux Town Center. We enjoy a strong relationship with our Slidell area customers and we are looking forward to serving them at an even higher level. CBL and Stirling Properties are building a premier destination center and we are happy to be part of it.”
Fremaux Town Center Phase I is currently more than 70% leased with committed retailers such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Michaels, Kohl’s, PetSmart, T.J.Maxx, LongHorn Steakhouse, dressbarn, ULTA Beauty, Lane Bryant, Rack Room Shoes, Best Buy and Versona Accessories. Fremaux Town Center will be located on more than 80 acres at the southwest corner of Interstate 10 and Fremaux Avenue in Slidell, LA. Slidell is the largest municipality in St. Tammany Parish on the northern shore of Lake Pontchartrain near the city of New Orleans. The area has experienced significant growth following Hurricane Katrina. With its interstate location and high-visibility, Fremaux Town Center is expected to become a regional destination. Stirling is leading the development of the project and CBL and Stirling are jointly leasing and marketing the center.
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About Dillard’s, Inc.
Dillard’s, Inc. ranks among the nation’s largest fashion apparel and home furnishings retailers with annual revenues exceeding $6.5 billion. The Company focuses on delivering maximum fashion and value to its shoppers by offering compelling apparel and home selections complemented by exceptional customer care. Dillard’s stores offer a broad selection of merchandise and feature products from both national and exclusive brand sources. The Company operates 283 Dillard’s locations and 18 clearance centers spanning 29 states. For more information about Dillard’s, please visit www.dillards.com.
About Stirling Properties
A member of the Retail Brokers Network, Stirling Properties is a regional real estate firm offering comprehensive services in development; commercial brokerage; property and asset management; investment sales; and property owner and tenant representation. Stirling Properties’ portfolio includes over 14 million square feet of managed property and 60 million square feet of commercial properties for sale or lease. With offices located in Jackson, Mississippi; Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans, Metairie, Covington, Hammond, and Shreveport/Bossier City in Louisiana, Stirling is one of the largest real estate firms in the Gulf South. Connect with Stirling Properties on the web at www.stirlingproperties.com, “like” us at facebook.com/stirlingproperties, follow us @StirlingProp on twitter.com/StirlingProp or subscribe to our Stirling Insights blog.
About CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
CBL is one of the largest and most active owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the United States. CBL owns, holds interests in or manages 158 properties, including 96 regional malls/open-air centers. The properties are located in 31 states and total 92.7 million square feet including 10.5 million square feet of non-owned shopping centers managed for third parties. Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL has regional offices in Boston (Waltham), MA, Dallas (Irving), TX, and St. Louis, MO. Additional information can be found at cblproperties.com.
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