Designer Shoe Warehouse just one of new stores coming to Bellis Fair

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 6, 2014 

BELLINGHAM - Bellis Fair has landed another popular tenant as the mall continues its major makeover.

Bellis Fair announced that Designer Shoe Warehouse, commonly known DSW, has signed a lease to go into the final available space formerly home to a movie theater. It will take about 11,800 square feet of space and is expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2015, said Jean Marohn, marketing manager at Bellis Fair.

DSW will join Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings in that renovated portion of the mall. Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings are expected to open later this year.

The Regal Bellis Fair Cinemas 6 closed in January. The space, which totaled around 20,000 square feet, was split into three spaces.

DSW has more than 400 stores nationwide, selling shoes for men, women and kids. The store also has a large selection of handbags, according to its website.

"DSW has been a highly requested tenant from our customers," Marohn said.

The mall is also making preparations for the opening of the clothing fashion store H&M. The grand opening is at noon Thursday, June 12, with the first 100 customers receiving gift cards up to $300. Marohn said they are expecting a big crowd at the opening, as has happened at previous H&M openings elsewhere.

The mall is making several other changes:

-- Christopher & Banks has moved into a new space; it is now near the children's play area by the Target wing. Bellis Fair is currently in negotiations for a new tenant in the space it left in the center area of the mall.

-- Kitchen Collection is currently closed as it moves into a new space in the Target wing. It is expected to reopen in late July.

-- Lane Bryant is moving into the former Kitchen Collection space. It should be in that new space in early July.

-- Villa Italian Kitchen, known for its pizza, is going into the former Sbarro space in the food court. Villa is expected to open in early August. Sbarro, which has been dealing with bankruptcy issues, closed in February.

-- A Canadian company called Big Orange is going in near the food court. According to its website, Big Orange offers a variety of products, including bubble tea, fruit smoothies and waffles.

-- Anime World, which was near the food court, has moved to the center area of the mall in the former Journeys space. Journeys moved into a new space nearby earlier this year.

-- Ben Bridge Jeweler has submitted a building permit to remodel its store.

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