Crabtree Valley Mall to Add a ‘Major Retailer’

Posted May 10, 2007
Updated May 11, 2007

— A new “major retailer” is on its way to Crabtree Valley Mall, but just what store or stores will replace the former Lord & Taylor space on the mall’s first floor remains unknown.

The mall is expected to announce shortly the retailer that will replace six existing stores on the lower level near Macy’s, according to mall spokesperson Sandra Geist.

Meanwhile, construction continues on a new mall entrance where Lord & Taylor was once located. The entrance is expected to be complete around July 1.

Last weekend, Hudson Belk opened a new men’s store on the second floor of the former Lord & Taylor location.

The mall is negotiating with several different potential clients to fill the remaining vacated Lord & Taylor space.

“No leases have been signed,” Geist said.

Construction also is proceeding on the new parking deck stretching between Hudson Belk and a nearby complex containing a Barnes & Noble and Best Buy.

Three restaurants are planned to open on the third level of the deck.

News could be made soon about linking the new deck and the Barnes & Noble. The mall is in negotiations with the bookstore chain to possibly link the deck with a B&N store that would be remodeled to add a second floor, Geist said.

“We are in discussions,” she said.

If an agreement is struck, Geist said completion probably wouldn’t be “until 2009 or so.”

An Old Navy story will open soon next to Best Buy, and eight other stores are being renovated, redesigned or expanded, she added.


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  • Tarheeljunior May 11, 2007

    Haha, someone finally hit the spellcheck button before they updated the article! Whoever shall we mock now?

  • Just Once May 11, 2007

    I know my high schooler could do a better job.

  • BlarneyStone May 11, 2007

    Maybe they're letting high school interns write and edit these stories! Actually, high schoolers might do better. WRALs word usage and grammatical errors have become terrible lately.

  • Bigguns May 11, 2007

    Do they have people in there who tell stories to men at the new Belks?

  • Spaceman Spiff May 11, 2007

    Geez, they are TV people, not newspaper writers. If you want those kinds of things, read the N&O.

  • salut2daking May 11, 2007

    I actually wonder sometimes about the writers of WRAL. They make not only grammatical errors but errors in syntax. It happens too often to not notice by other staff members. But U guys point them out and it cracks me up. They will probably delete this like they always delete my stuff.

  • jcrew1979 May 10, 2007

    I agree with you colliefan, how do you sign a leaf?

  • melmika May 10, 2007

    How about an easier way to get out of the Mall by way of Blue Ridge Rd. and onto the freeway. A lot of times it is back up with all those stop signs, and blind spots. The ones who park on the upper deck by the Food Cort have a better chance of getting out than those who leave by the Best Buy/ Barns and Noble area.

  • hank5049 May 10, 2007

    i agree with u packfan79...............

  • colliefan May 10, 2007

    “No leaves have been signed,” Geist said.

    Is a lease signed on a leaf worth anything in a court of law.