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Monday, April 4, 2011

McCain Mall makeover underway

Posted By on Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 9:05 AM

A ribbon-cutting was held this morning to mark the beginning of a $5.5 million renovation of McCain Mall, which, after 38 years, could use some restyling more in keeping with the new face of retail centers.

The news includes a return of a movie theater to the mall. Now, if they could just bring back Golden Host. Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor. M.M. Cohn.

Details of the work on the jump.


N. LITTLE ROCK, AR, April 4, 2011 — Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG) announced today that McCain Mall, a popular North Little Rock shopping destination for 38 years, will be renovated beginning at the end of April.

The mall renovations will include new interior and exterior features and amenities like flooring, lighting, a family restroom, redesigned mall entrances, signage, a new escalator and the installation of the mall’s first elevator. Renovation plans also include the addition of Regal Cinemas Movie Theatre as a new anchor.

Specific projects include:
Replacing the Center Court escalator with an updated version.
Addition of a feature elevator in the Center Court for customer convenience.
Addition of a family restroom featuring a nursing station on the mall’s Upper Level.
Lower Level restrooms redesigned and relocated near JCPenney.
Redesign of two existing mall entrances, including new glass vestibules as well as lighting and landscape features.
Soft seating areas added throughout the mall for customer comfort and convenience.
New flooring installed throughout the mall, which includes both tile and carpet in the common areas.
Redesign of the mall’s common areas with upgraded ceilings, new finishes and lighting.
Redesign of railings to include contemporary glasswork.
Redesigned and updated Retail Merchandising Units.
New directional signage throughout the mall for an easy-to-navigate shopping experience.
New exterior pylon signage.

“Through this renovation, McCain Mall will even better serve the needs of our customers, whether they are here to shop, to dine, to be entertained or just to enjoy a welcoming and comfortable environment,” said Charles Tarkington, McCain Mall General Manager.

“While we intend to focus on improvements that will appeal to all segments of our shopper base, we will place special emphasis on family-friendly amenities, especially since families account for much of the region’s population base and growth, and McCain Mall is such a popular destination for families to spend time together,” Tarkington added.

All work performed will be done in such a way as to minimize interference or customer inconvenience during the mall’s operating hours. Construction is scheduled to be completed by November 2011.

“The renovation will be attractive to both current and prospective tenants. We’re already working on lease commitments with new tenants in conjunction with the renovation plans. With new tenants and a renovated mall, we feel we can truly launch McCain Mall to the next level,” said McCain Mall Leasing Representative Bill Conway. For leasing opportunities, Bill can be reached at 317- 263-2389.

The renovation in 2011 marks the 38 year anniversary since the center opened. The 752,763 square-foot mall, anchored by Dillard’s, JCPenney and Sears, originally opened in 1973. For additional information, please visit or find us on Facebook at

About Simon Property Group
Simon Property Group, Inc. is an S&P 500 company and the largest real estate company in the U.S. The Company currently owns or has an interest in 393 retail real estate properties comprising 264 million square feet of gross leasable area in North America, Europe and Asia. Simon Property Group is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. The Company's common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol SPG. For further information, visit the Simon Property Group website at

About Regal Entertainment Group
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) is the largest motion picture exhibitor in the United States. Regal's theatre circuit, comprising Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theatres and Edwards Theatres, operates 6,698 screens in 539 theatres in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Regal operates theatres in 43 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We believe that the size, reach and quality of Regal's theatre circuit not only provide its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable movie-going experience, but is also an exceptional platform to realize economies of scale in theatre operations.


N. LITTLE ROCK, AR, April 4, 2011 — McCain Mall announced today the arrival of a new anchor Regal Cinemas Movie Theatre.

Located on the upper level near Zales (former M.M. Cohn space), the state-of-the-art Regal Cinemas at McCain Mall will encompass approximately 60,000 square feet with a total of 12 auditoriums.

Throughout the theatre, moviegoers will enjoy amenities and features including:
• Digital projection in every auditorium to provide a crystal-clear picture.
• Real D 3D projection systems available for 3D enhanced presentations.
• Digital surround sound completes the true digital cinema experience.
• Stadium seating in every auditorium for an unobstructed view of the screen.
• High-back rocking recliner seats offer extra comfort to each guest.
• Retractable cup holders move out of the way to form seats for two.
• Fully stocked concession stands offer name brand, high quality selections including pizza.
• Regal Express kiosks provide fully automated ticket purchasing.
• The industry-leading Regal Crown Club loyalty program rewards frequent moviegoers.
• Advance tickets are also available by phone or through

“With this dynamic new addition, McCain Mall truly offers visitors a complete shopping, dining and entertainment destination,” said Charles Tarkington, McCain Mall General Manager. “We’re thrilled to welcome Regal Cinemas Movie Theatre as a new anchor.”

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