Westroads Mall has begun work on a multimillion dollar, two-phase renovation that will include a revamped food court, new energy-efficient escalators and installation of Wi-Fi and cellphone charging stations in some areas.

“Westroads is 46 years old this year, so it's time. It's time to give her a little facelift,” said Jim Sadler, the mall's senior general manager.

He said the mall has been successful over the past six years, and mall owner General Growth Properties decided it was time to reinvest in Omaha. He declined to say how much was being invested but said it was a “multimillion-dollar” renovation.

The first phase of the renovation has already begun. Work on the second phase will begin in January and include replacement of all food court furniture, new porcelain tile and the addition of a large double-sided TV screen. The food court also will be expanded.

The work is taking place at night, starting at 10 p.m. and finishing at 6 a.m. each day.

Work will also stop during the busy holiday season so shoppers can enjoy Santa and other decorations as usual, Sadler said.

The first phase of the renovation includes painting of ceilings, columns, handrails and walls throughout the mall and food court; installation of LED lighting inside the mall and new energy efficient parking lot lights; and an upgraded energy management system in areas such as heating, ventilation and lighting.

The second phase will replace flooring on all three levels with polished porcelain tile; add new decorative lighting fixtures in common area corridors on the first and second levels; and remove the park-style lamp posts.

New furniture, including benches, will go in several common areas; the center court elevator and clock will get facelifts; and customers can expect new finishes on the south side entrances facing West Dodge Road as well as new interior signage.

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