Fashion Show to open Phase 1 of expansion

Sep 3, 2002 1:31 AM

The retail landscape on the Strip is changing dramatically, as the Fashion Show undergoes an extensive redevelopment program that will create one of the largest shopping centers in the nation. Upon completion this fall, only two other retail developments in the United States will match Fashion Show in number of anchor tenants, eight, under one roof.

The expanded Fashion Show is the latest in a series of projects for the Rouse Company of Columbia, Md., a real estate development and management company with a 60-year heritage of innovation in retail, commercial and residential projects nationwide.

"Fashion Show’s dynamic mix of retailers and design will make it a top destination on the Strip as well as an industry leader throughout the country," said Rita K. Brandin, vice president and senior development director for The Rouse Company.

The West Expansion, Phase I, encompasses 173,000 square feet of retail space and includes the expansion of existing anchors Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Robinsons-May, and new stores for existing anchors Saks Fifth Avenue and Dillard’s.

The West Expansion, which will celebrate its grand opening on November 1, also includes the long-anticipated introduction of Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s home to Southern Nevada and the debut of the Great Hall, which will be capable of staging events such as product introductions and fashion shows via an elevated runway.

The Las Vegas Boulevard Expansion, Phase II, of the redevelopment/expansion will add 117,000 square feet of retail space and includes the introduction of Lord and Taylor to Southern Nevada and debut of Fashion Show’s signature element ”” The Cloud, a 400-foot-long canopy providing visual entertainment suspended above a 72,000-square-foot plaza along the Las Vegas Strip.

Phase II will also include the opening of the new 11,000-square-foot Food Court and 10,000-square-foot banquet facility with seating capacity of 350 to 400. All are scheduled to open in October 2003.

The overall redevelopment program will double Fashion Show’s size to more than 1.9 million square feet and includes the expansion of the center’s small store space, which will increase to 502,000 square feet to offer approximately 250 stores.

"Since opening in 1981, Fashion Show has catered to residents and visitors who like the unique selection of stores as well as our convenient and accessible location," Brandin said, adding that the mix of retail and entertainment will make it one of the top fashion destinations in the country. Fashion Show is the largest retail destination on the Strip and attracts more than 10 million visitors annually. It is at 3200 Las Vegas Boulevard.