Livonia — Laurel Park Place is gearing up for a multi-million dollar renovation of the nearly 500,000 square-foot mall, including new seating, carpeting, tile, light fixtures and more.
The investment in Laurel Park Place comes as many malls in the Metro Detroit area are looking to renovate in order to keep customers coming back. It also comes as the financial receiver for Northland Mall plans to auction off items from the shuttered shopping center.
The renovations officially kicked off Thursday and are expected to be complete by November. This will include a new Laurel Park Place logo atop the main entrance along Six Mile. Improvements inside will include new paint and reconfigured ceilings to allow for more natural light.
Seating areas will also be redesigned with new soft chairs, sofas and tables. Some of the mall's restrooms will also get an update.
"We are privileged to serve Livonia and pleased to reinvest in the community with this exciting project," Sarah Enlow, marketing director for Laurel Park Place, said in a statement Thursday. "Our team continues to strive to keep our center vibrant and our selection of retailers fresh and exciting."
Other changes are coming to Laurel Park. Last month, European fashion retailer H&M announced it would be joining the shopping center before the end of the year. And during the holiday season, Santa will have a new home inside the mall.
Macomb Mall in Roseville is also undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation.
The overhaul of the 930,000-square-foot mall built in 1964 is a mix of interior and exterior renovations and new construction. When completed by the middle of 2015, it will be a hybrid of traditional indoor mall and modern open-air shopping.
Southland Center mall in Taylor is also nearing the end of a $6.5 million renovation that includes new flooring, seating and lighting as well as reconfigured shopping and dining concourses. The changes include a 12-screen Cinemark theater that should open in the former Mervyn's department store building by the fall.
Northland Mall wasn't so fortunate. The Southfield shopping center, which started the trend of sprawling suburban malls half a century ago, closed its doors last month. Items from the mall, including benches, shelves and furniture, will be auctioned off on site and online at Orbitbid.com, according to John Polderman, an attorney for the receiver. A date has not been announced.
Kurt Mingerink, president of operations for Orbitbid, did not immediately return a request for comment.