Exterior expansion work underway at Brookfield Square Mall

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

March 28, 2015

Debris sits outside the Sears store at Brookfield Square Mall on Friday as work continues to add new retail spaces in currently underutilized space. 
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff 

BROOKFIELD - More significant exterior renovation work is underway at Brookfield Square Mall now that the weather has gotten nicer. Brookfield Square Mall General Manager Scott Oleson said the work started internally about two months ago but moved to Sears’ exterior last week.

The project’s first phase will include an additional 12,000 square feet of retail space in front of the Sears department store. The second phase, planned to start in 2016, would add a two-story parking structure.

As part of the first phase, a Jason’s Deli, Blackfinn Ameripub and Mooyah Burgers will be added near Sears and each restaurant will have its own entrance.

Oleson said much work must be done by the mall’s management before it can be turned over to the tenants for their buildouts. He said the new businesses may open in early fall. There will also be additional space for one or two businesses, Oleson said.

“We are in negotiations with a number of people,” he said.

In mid-April, construction crews should be able to start putting in footings, Oleson said, and people should really begin to see what’s taking shape in the next month to 45 days.

Inside Brookfield Square Mall, Oleson said they are trying to fill several vacancies resulting from national store bankruptcies. On a temporary basis, many of the vacancies have been filled with local retailers, but Oleson hopes to attract some more national names.