The Mall of the Bluffs is moving forward when it comes to attracting new tenants, its property manager says.
Halloween City, a division of the national Party City chain, has signed a lease through mid-November, Andrea Leinen with Namdar Realty Group said. It could open in the next week or two in the former J.C. Penney space. A "Now hiring" sign hangs on one of the store's doors.
Meanwhile, the retail store known as the Calendar Club will again lease space in the mall, Leinen said. The store sells games, toys and all sorts of calendars for the coming year.
“They will open next week through Jan. 15 in the old Gap space.”
There are at least three more potential tenants looking at the mall, but Leinen declined to say who they are.
“We will continue to seek retail stores and services,” she said. “It takes time.”
Last month, Namdar Realty Group announced that Planet Fitness will open in the space formerly occupied by a Barnes & Noble bookstore. It is unclear when the gym will open.
Namdar Realty, based in Great Neck, N.Y., purchased the mall earlier this year with the hope of restoring its popularity among shoppers following the exodus of many stores to other Council Bluffs malls or out of the city altogether. Namdar owns 5 million square feet of commercial real estate, including malls in Tulsa, Okla., New York City, Detroit and Columbus, Ohio.
The Mall of the Bluffs, which offers 730,000 square feet of retail space, is just off Madison Avenue near the Interstate 80 junction. The shopping center lost two of its anchors to newer developments: J.C. Penney moved to the Marketplace in 2008 and Target moved to Metro Crossing in 2009.