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Retail Tipsheet: DSW, Go Grill among scheduled April openings at Bellis Fair

It is still a busy time at Bellis Fair when it comes to new tenants and remodels.

One of the biggest projects that’s nearly done is the new DSW store, also known as Designer Shoe Warehouse. The company is planning to open its doors at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 30, with a ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m. It is taking about 12,000 square feet of retail space near Buffalo Wild Wings and Chipotle. Once open, it will have the same store hours as the mall.

The Bellingham store will have an inventory of about 15,000 pairs of shoes, said Beth Micenko, district manager for DSW. Along with shoes, the store will sell handbags, jewelry and other accessories.

Micenko said they look at a variety of factors when choosing an area to open a store, including where customers come from. Along with Whatcom County residents, the company, which has several stores in Canada, expects to draw Canadian shoppers to the Bellingham store.

For DSW, this is a particularly busy time. The company announced that it is opening 19 new stores between March and May, including one in Kennewick in April. Based in Columbus, Ohio, DSW has more than 430 stores in 42 states. It opens about 40 new stores a year.

Several other remodels also are taking place at Bellis Fair. Go Grill is currently moving into the food court and is planning to open Wednesday, April 1, said René Morris, general manager at the mall. The restaurant has locations around the world. Customers can select a variety of meats, vegetables and fruit that then are cooked on a flat-top grill.

Hot Topic recently completed its remodel, while Torrid is being remodeled and is expected to be ready by mid-April.

Morris said the mall is also in negotiations to lease five of its spaces. Morris can’t name the new tenants yet but did say the companies are in the specialty, food and clothing industries.

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