High-end department store Bloomingdale's announced plans Thursday to become an anchor tenant at the Glendale Galleria, moving into the former Mervyn’s site that has sat vacant on Brand Boulevard for years.
It’s a major addition for the mega mall that has struggled to retain its retail dominance against the growing prominence of nearby Americana at Brand, which is poaching Nordstrom after attracting other previously Galleria-only stores such as Apple and Sephora.
Bloomingdale’s, which according to the announcement plans to move into the 120,000-square-foot site at the corner of Broadway and Brand Boulevard by fall 2013, is expected to create 175 jobs and re-energize the fledgling intersection where Borders shuttered a prominent multi-story glass storefront across the street.
In a statement, Mayor Laura Friedman said the renovation would “further strengthen the city of Glendale's retail core.”
Mervyn’s closed all of its stores in 2008 after filing for bankruptcy.
Nordstrom, another Galleria anchor located to the west, is expected to move to the Americana at Brand at about the same time Bloomingdale’s is scheduled to open in October 2013.