Mervyns coming to San Bernardino mall
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10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Empty for nearly two years, the 94,000-square-foot former Macy's anchor building at the Inland Center Mall in San Bernardino will get a new tenant this fall: Mervyns.
The retailer, which announced its new Inland location with mall management Tuesday, is a boon for the 41-year-old Inland Center Mall, just south of downtown.
The building Mervyns will occupy was left vacant in 2006 when Macy's moved across the mall into the newer building that had been vacated by Robinsons-May after Federated Department stores, Macy's parent company, acquired the parent company of Robinsons-May and consolidated the stores.
Shortly thereafter, the owner of Inland Center, Santa Monica-based Macerich, announced that it would purchase the old Macy's building.
Arun Parmar, senior property manager for Inland Center, said in a news release that mall officials took their time to determine the right retailer to fill the fourth anchor building. Gottschalks and Sears are the two other anchors.
He said Mervyns' focus on affordable clothing for families fits perfectly in San Bernardino.
The new store is Mervyns' second foray into San Bernardino. The company operated a store on Second Street in the downtown area, but closed it in 1997 because of lagging sales.
The building will be renovated before Mervyns opens this fall, according to the news release.
The company already has 10 Inland locations, the nearest in Highland. Each store employs about 100 people.