Work has begun on a multi-million dollar transformation of a
once-thriving mall in southeast Wisconsin.
Mall owner Hull
Property Group has begun interior renovations at the Regency Mall in
Racine, The Journal Times reported. The Augusta, Georgia based
company purchased the mall in 2016 for $9.5 million.
The group will
begin renovations by replacing vacant storefronts with walls covered
in murals, photos and quotes. New ceilings, lighting and carpet will
then be installed. The mall’s bathrooms will also be redone. The
interior makeover will take 10 to 12 weeks, said John Mulherin,
Hull’s vice president for government relations. Most of the work
will be done at night, he said.
follow a series of store and kiosk closings at the mall. Almost all
of the recent closings were done by the mall’s owners as part of a
revitalization plan, though American Eagle Outfitters closing was
the exception. Hull would have preferred keeping American Eagle in
the mall, Mulherin said.
success will be with national, branded stores,’’ he said.
Twelve weeks of
exterior construction will begin in the spring, Mulherin said. That
work will focus on redesigning the mall’s entrances.
‘‘We beef them
up, give them some verticality, some prominence,’’ Mulherin said.
construction work will be the expensive part of the mall
revitalization project, the most difficult part will be finding new
tenants, he said.
dominate again like (Regency) did in ‘82?’’ Mulherin said.
‘‘Absolutely not. But we think we can be competitive. We can be
viable, we can be relevant again.’’