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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Trader Joe’s, Forever 21 negotiating U-Mall terms

Shop ’til you drop – then buy groceries.

This is what Davis students, residents and shoppers visiting the University Mall on 825 Russell Blvd. in central Davis are hoping to do by the end of next year.

Forever 21 is in negotiation to take over the recently bankrupt Gottschalks department store space.

The city is anticipating the opening of clothing store Forever 21, but nothing is official yet, Worley said.

“Forever 21 negotiations are still ongoing,” she said.

The grocery store Trader Joe’s plans to arrive in the shopping center as well, said City of Davis Economic Development Coordinator Sarah Worley.

Trader Joe’s is making its way to Davis after years of talk and speculation.

“As of last week the city anticipated building permits to be submitted for review this week,” Worley said.

The projected opening of Trader Joe’s is by October 2010. Construction of the new space would not start until after April 2010.

More changes have hit the U-Mall.

The tanning salon Planet Beach closed its doors. Ritz Camera and Ohana Hawaiian BBQ both closed. Ohana is under construction to become a frozen yogurt shop, Sugar Plum, according to a recent Davis Enterprise business update.

Sylvan Learning Center, on the Anderson Road side of the mall, closed in October, leaving the space unoccupied.

The University Mall’s leasing company, Centro Watt Properties, could not be reached by press time.

SASHA LEKACH can be reached at city@theaggie.org.


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