Three New Stores Coming To Coral Ridge

By Kiran Sood, Reporter

Shoppers browse through the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011. (file photo)

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Cosmetic lovers across the area soon won't have to travel far to get their beauty fix.

Sephora, which sells makeup, fragrances and skincare products, will open a just under 4,000-square-foot location inside Coral Ridge Mall the first week of August, said Monica Nadeau, the mall's general manager.

"Sephora used to just go strictly into major metro markets," Nadeau said. "They have seen online sales for smaller markets and developed a smaller prototype to go into smaller markets and be successful with."

The other Iowa standalone Sephora location is in Des Moines.

That's not the only store the Coralville mall will welcome this year. Discount Tires will open a 10,000-square-foot location in October in the former Sears Auto space. Discount Tire is the nation's largest tire and wheel retailer and offers tire and wheel selections. The company sells brands such as Goodyear, Michelin, Bridgestone and BFGoodrich.

In addition, Auntie Anne's will open a 1,000-square-foot spot in the former Sleep Number space, Nadeau said. The pretzel shop will likely open mid-July. The company has 1,330 locations in 46 states and more than 25 countries.

Two stores inside the mall are opening remodeled stores. Sleep Number is increasing its footprint from 1,000 square feet to 2,500 square feet. The move will allow the retailer more space for inventory and to display beds and merchandise.

The Children's Place has moved from its former location to a new space across from Old Navy near the UI Children's Hospital play area. The new store features an open layout with the addition of individual and family restroom facilities inside the store. The store is going from just under 4,000 square feet to about 3,500 square feet, Nadeau said.

"I think any time you can add new stores and even remodeled stores, it freshens up the mall and merchandise mix and keeps everything new and exciting for our shoppers," she said.

Coral Ridge Mall is owned and managed by Chicago-based General Growth Properties. The mall's corporate owner is negotiating for another larger tenant to replace Sears.

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