Six months after getting the green light from city officials, Glendale Galleria management this week kicked off a comprehensive remodeling project, creating new entrances, facades, floors, escalators and seating at the 36-year-old mall.
The work will culminate in the fall of 2013 with the opening of a 120,000-square-foot Bloomingdale’s department store at Brand Boulevard and Broadway, where Mervyns once stood.
“With this, Glendale Galleria will offer shoppers a much fresher look,” Galleria Senior General Manager Larry Martin said of the overhaul.
Construction will not interfere with commerce, he added.
“Ninety-nine percent is done at night,” Martin said. “The shoppers won’t be hindered at all.”
The Glendale City Council approved the remodel in November, just weeks after Galleria parent company, Chicago-based General Growth Properties, struck a deal to bring high-end retailer Bloomingdale’s into the 1.5-million-square-foot complex.
The announcement was a coup for the indoor mall, which will lose one of its original anchor stores, Nordstrom, to the neighboring Americana at Brand in 2013.