Renderings of the $100 Million Expansion at The Shops at Willow Bend

The Shops at Willow Bend is on schedule with its first major renovation and expansion in its 15-year history. The $100 million project enables the mall, a Starwood Retail Partners property since 2014, to provide guests with an enhanced variety of unique shopping, dining and entertainment experiences.

The renovation, which began four months ago, will open in phases, starting in mid-2017 and continuing through 2018, and introduce new restaurant and retail concepts to the popular Plano area destination. Highlights include a welcoming new main entrance facing the Dallas North Tollway: a collection of up to eight, chef-driven restaurants; a high-end health and fitness club; entertainment venues; and a seven-story, 200,000 square-foot “Class A” office tower that can accommodate approximately 800 employees. In addition, a planned expansion will include new retailers and innovative adventures for families. Finally, the mall’s interior will be remodeled throughout to reflect a more contemporary aesthetic.

“The next era for The Shops at Willow Bend will integrate more thoroughly with the Plano community. Our remodel and renovation make this an even more appealing destination where shoppers, guests, and employees will enjoy shopping, restaurants, recreation, and health and wellness,” said Barry Smith, general manager of The Shops at Willow Bend. “With this expansion, The Shops at Willow Bend will be a unique entertainment and shopping district for all of North Dallas.”

Renderings provided by The Shops at Willow Bend // click to enlarge:

The project’s first phase is underway with the demolition of Saks Fifth Avenue. In its place will be a two-level, open-air pedestrian plaza hosting up to eight, chef-driven restaurants. This phase is scheduled for completion in late 2017.

The following phases will include an office tower adjacent to the Dillard’s department store, a 30,000-square-foot fitness center across from the Crate and Barrel store, and a 50,000-square-foot family destination near the Macy’s store facing Chapel Hill Boulevard.  Starwood Retail Partners is currently finalizing negotiations with a local developer for the “Class A” office tower.

The Shops at Willow Bend’s two levels feature more than 125 stores and restaurants. Stores include Neiman Marcus, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Sephora, Crate&Barrel, Apple, Forever 21, Foot Locker, H&M, Anthropologie, and Bailey Banks & Biddle. Dining options range from California Pizza Kitchen and Phil’s Philly Grill to Chick-fil-A and Sonic.

Information provided by The Shops at Willow Bend.

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