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Postby dfwcre8tive » 29 Mar 2017 18:44

New restaurants at Plano's Willow Bend are happy with prime location, just don't mention the mall
http://www.dallasnews.com/business/restaurants/2017/03/29/new-restaurants-planos-willow-bend-happy-prime-location-just-mention-mall

The new Willow Bend food district, being constructed as part of a $125 million redevelopment of the mall, will include Knife, celebrity chef John Tesar's ode to beef; Mexican Bar Company, a new concept debuting in Texas at Willow Bend; and Terra Mediterranean, which is opening its third North Texas location.

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Postby Tnexster » 12 May 2017 12:43

Plano's Willow Bend mall is getting an office building

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... e-building

Plano's Willow Bend mall is going into the office building business.

The 16-year-old regional retail center on the Dallas North Tollway is adding a 7-story, 200,000-square-foot office building as part of a $125 million makeover.

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Postby itsjrd1964 » 02 Oct 2018 03:40

The aforementioned restaurant additions on the site of the former Saks Fifth Avenue are coming along, a couple (Knife steakhouse/Knife Burger, Mexican Bar Co. Cocina) will open in the next week, 2 more (Terra Mediterranean Grill, Whistle Britches) will open soon. Other names mentioned include Acai & Alchemy (in the ex-Saks area, but not built yet) and Ascension Coffee. It will serve not only coffee, but beer and wine--and customers will be able to take their drinkies with them shopping in the mall if they like. There will be 8 restaurants total occupying the former Saks area. The owners are putting $125 million worth of expansion/improvements into the mall. Besides the restaurants, an office building, an Equinox Fitness, and a Cinepolis theater are also coming; they are expected to open before the end of next year.

https://www.guidelive.com/food-and-drin ... 1532816319

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Postby cowboyeagle05 » 02 Oct 2018 09:33

I should state this for clarity sake since last time they opened a Cinepolis in Dallas some were shocked. Cinepolis like Equinox is a luxury brand. It will be expensive and some people on here got sticker shock when they went before.
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Postby Kelley USA » 02 Oct 2018 11:36

It really depends what sort of concept Cinepolis opens. The majority of the Cinepolis theatres here in the US are just standard theatres like the one they opened in Euless (tickets are about $11)- and then they have select locations where they have built their Luxury Cinemas (tickets are about $20). Not sure what concept they will open but probably makes sense to open the Luxury Cinema (especially in the backyard of Cinemark) and considering the demographics of the area. I think Plano has an abundance of theatres, but I can't really think of a great luxury theatre in that corridor with the dine-in reclining leather seats. Closest might be LOOK down the road in Addison.

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Postby itsjrd1964 » 13 Apr 2019 09:47

Cinépolis luxury theater opening in Plano's Shops at Willow Bend delayed to early 2020

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/ret ... early-2020

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Postby Tnexster » 13 Apr 2019 11:41

Well as malls go at least they are trying to make themselves relevant in this new age of retail.

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Postby I45Tex » 19 Apr 2019 19:50

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Postby NdoorTX » 19 Apr 2019 21:41

The current owner is thinking big with his WB purchase. more so than developer Taubman, who is the developer of some of the countries most upscale malls. Bravo to them and I hope to see these multiple 25 floor towers rise up soon.

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Postby Tnexster » 22 Jan 2020 10:52

Plano’s Shops at Willow Bend is late on its loan payment

Since Starwood Retail purchased the mall in 2014, it tore down a closed Saks Fifth Avenue and built an outdoor restaurant area

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/ret ... n-payment/

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Postby THRILLHO » 22 Jan 2020 12:48

Did they ever even manage to fill up that outdoor area? Last time I went, which was not long ago, there were still lots of facades on the structures.

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Postby exelone31 » 22 Jan 2020 13:05

THRILLHO wrote:Did they ever even manage to fill up that outdoor area? Last time I went, which was not long ago, there were still lots of facades on the structures.


Every time I drive by, it does not appear to be full. It looks especially strange being that it is a two-story area, so there's lots of temporary covering with two-dimensional greenery on it.

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Postby Kelley USA » 22 Jan 2020 13:30

THRILLHO wrote:Did they ever even manage to fill up that outdoor area? Last time I went, which was not long ago, there were still lots of facades on the structures.


I think it's about half full... I have yet to eat at any of these restaurants, but they all seem pretty easy to get a reservation at on opentable. Also what happened to the Cinepolis that was supposed to open here? I don't even see anything on the Willow Bend or the Cinepolis sites anymore. Maybe they pulled out??

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Postby THRILLHO » 22 Jan 2020 13:53

exelone31 wrote:Every time I drive by, it does not appear to be full. It looks especially strange being that it is a two-story area, so there's lots of temporary covering with two-dimensional greenery on it.

It really does look strange. They probably should have held off on the second floors until they knew they could fill them.

Kelley USA wrote:I think it's about half full... I have yet to eat at any of these restaurants, but they all seem pretty easy to get a reservation at on opentable. Also what happened to the Cinepolis that was supposed to open here? I don't even see anything on the Willow Bend or the Cinepolis sites anymore. Maybe they pulled out??

It's still under construction. They have likely finished putting up the walls by now.

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Re: Plano: Willow Bend Mall

Postby Proquest20 » 30 Jan 2020 23:31

Speaking of construction, the office tower, which was promised to be completed by late 2019, hasn't even been started on.

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Re: Plano: Willow Bend Mall

Postby Proquest20 » 05 Feb 2020 00:32

Several updates on stores closing soon

Papyrus - https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/24/business ... index.html

Bose - https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/16/business ... index.html

The Crafted liquor store also closed recently, along with the anticipated closing of Forever 21.

I really don't think the mall is doing enough retail-wise. New additions such as the Cinema opening, the District, and the Crayola Experience are nice and welcome, but what's a mall without stores to shop in? Stores do seem to be closing here faster than they open, and the ones that do open are often no-name stores that leave after a year or so anyway. That being said, I'd hope they replace Forever 21 quickly, hopefully with a Zara or something. I've been hoping Zara would come to Collin County soon. I'd also prefer if they could relocate Sephora and Lush into larger spaces. Personally, I'd put Sephora where Baily Banks and Biddle was, and Lush where Crafted was. It would make sense due to the proximity these spaces have to Mac, and they are significantly larger than the current locations. I wonder how long A'Gaci is going to stay empty, that whole corner of the mall seems so dead. That could easily accommodate a store like Nike, which would be a fitting addition as it would compliment the Equinox that just opened.

Also, was it just me, or was there also supposed to be a hotel built at some point?

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Postby Kelley USA » 05 Feb 2020 09:17

Willow Bend is such a weird story... It's a really pretty mall, but for some reason has always struggled to attract shoppers. Even with the struggles they still were / are able to land quality tenants. I mean Restoration Hardware and Crate & Barrel were big gets but they haven't really generated the additional foot traffic. I think if those stores were more visible and had a presence from the tollway it would make a difference. The reality is, unless you get off the tollway you'd never know they were back there. They should have situated the Cinepolis theatre near the new dining district. Would be a win-win, but I feel like the theatre is also going to get lost because it's on the very back of the mall with almost no visibility.

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Postby skeets » 05 Feb 2020 11:11

We went to Willow Bend once a couple of years ago. Had to practically run through it because of the perfume stench all throughout - candle stores, bed/bath stores, etc. We both left there with massive headaches and never went back.

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Postby R1070 » 06 Feb 2020 13:11

This mall needs to be rebuilt in a smaller layout and have much more of an open air design.

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Postby Proquest20 » 09 Feb 2020 21:53

Kelley USA wrote:Willow Bend is such a weird story... It's a really pretty mall, but for some reason has always struggled to attract shoppers. Even with the struggles they still were / are able to land quality tenants. I mean Restoration Hardware and Crate & Barrel were big gets but they haven't really generated the additional foot traffic. I think if those stores were more visible and had a presence from the tollway it would make a difference. The reality is, unless you get off the tollway you'd never know they were back there. They should have situated the Cinepolis theatre near the new dining district. Would be a win-win, but I feel like the theatre is also going to get lost because it's on the very back of the mall with almost no visibility.


I agree. I was hoping the District was going to similar to Baybrook Mall in Houston, in all honesty. At the beginning, the changes to the mall seemed much more promising, but at this point, I'm starting to lose hope in it. The mall itself is still dying, and I wonder how long these restaurants are going to last.

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Re: Plano: Willow Bend Mall

Postby Proquest20 » 11 Feb 2020 21:55

An updated leasing plan has been posted.

https://starwoodretail.com/files/30.1_w ... -11x17.pdf

https://starwoodretail.com/files/30.2_w ... -11x17.pdf

Some noticeable changes I see here is that Cinepolis is still opening. Additionally, Anthropologie seems to be relocating to the old Apple space. The place where the office tower is supposed to be is still labeled as The Shark Bar and Grill, despite it being long gone. I highly doubt the office tower is ever coming by this point, especially because the large space above the district is proposed to be used by Common Desk for office space. Oh, and Grimaldi's is coming to The District. I don't think the district has a focus on local celebrity chefs anymore, but this is an odd choice considering there's already CPK in the mall. I'd think they'd relocate CPK into the District instead of adding a second pizza restaurant.

Some changes, like the closing of Forever 21, Crafted, Indigo, Bose, and the other holiday pop-ups aren't reflected on this leasing plan.

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Re: Plano: Willow Bend Mall

Postby itsjrd1964 » 27 Apr 2020 22:36

Plano's Shops at Willow Bend is no longer owned by Starwood Retail

The mall is now in receivership. Starwood wasn't able to refinance their most recent loan. Getting a new owner may take time due to the coronavirus.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/ret ... od-retail/

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Re: Plano: Willow Bend Mall

Postby Proquest20 » 28 May 2020 08:13

The website has been edited by the new management, and they seem to have scrapped any information about redevelopment. A few new stores seem to be coming soon, however, none of them are particularly notable.

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Re: Plano: Willow Bend Mall

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 28 May 2020 09:58

Phew this is gonna be a long process unless there is someone waiting in the wings with a check already. New managements job will be to maintain not to expand, develop. Who knows who they may lease to just to keep the property going and keep revenue coming in.
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