The Greenery Mall in Kendall is getting an external facelift in preparation for a late summer opening of its new TJMaxx/Homegoods store.
“We lost Circuit City [approximately 45,000 square feet] and are replacing them with a combination TJMaxx/Homegoods store,” confirmed Richard M. Horton, executive vice president of The Green Companies, which operates the mall at N. Kendall Drive and SW 77th Avenue.
“The store is planning to open sometime in August of this year,” Horton said, noting the Barnes and Noble space that has been vacant has two new tenants: Mattress Xpress on the mall’s west end, open for a year, and The Family Christian Store, a new addition under construction on the east end, also scheduled to open in August.
“That leaves approximately 5,000 square feet vacant currently in lease negotiations,” Horton stated. “The mall will be 100 percent occupied with the completion of these spaces.”
In addition to the new space construction, the mall’s exterior “is getting a new, modern facade with a colonnade,” Horton said. “This work will be completed in June. We are looking forward to having our mall full with a new look to compliment the neighborhood,” he added.
“New signage will be more consistent and up-to-date on Kendall and Tara [residential community] sides, and the mall should look much better,” said Holly White, president of East Kendall Homeowners Organization (EKHO). “They will use a landscape architect to redo the place and have said they will contact our Tara subcommittee regarding a wall between Tara and the Greenery.”
An application to change the property’s covenant to allow a supermarket in the space was protested two years ago by White and area homeowner associations primarily due to increased traffic a major food outlet would cause near the Kenwood Elementary School on SW 77th Avenue.
After a contentious public hearing, the firm dropped the proposal in favor of a new application permitting a retail establishment, which was welcomed by both the EKHO and Tara homeowner groups.