The construction fencing is about to come down and $15 million in redevelopment unveiled at Hilldale Shopping Center.
WS Development, owners of the West Side property, have announced that the 53,000-square-foot project will begin to open June 2 with Lucky Brand and a 7,000-square-foot Morgan Shoes. Other stores will open throughout the summer, the company said.
Developers have called the project “the most significant expansion in Hilldale’s 51-year history,” although other major renovations over the past 10 years transformed the shopping center into a town center with outdoor entrances to retail shops and restaurants, parking garages and the addition of a SundanceTheater.
The latest project, which began in September, creates an open air corridor running from east to west that is lined with retail and restaurants on the north side between Metcalfe’s and Macy’s.
Other announced openings are: Sur la Table, June 3; kate spade and Mes Amies, June 5; New Balance, June 15; Michael Kors, June 18; and LUSH, June 25. Cafe Hollander, a Milwaukee-based craft beer bar and restaurant, will likely open in the fall, said Jim Andrews, a spokesman for WS Development.
“Their space is constructed,” Andrews said. “Some (businesses in the redevelopment) have less work to do and others more work to do.”
Other shops that have not announced opening dates are Madewell, Sperry Top-Sider, Waxing the City and White House Black Market.
Hilldale opened in 1962 and is one of the city’s oldest shopping destinations. WS Development bought the shopping center in 2012 at a sheriff’s auction for $52 million. The property had been owned by Chicago-based Joseph Freed & Associates, which bought it in 2004 and spent millions of dollars on upgrades.
Lou Masiello, vice president of development of Massachusetts-based WS Development, said in September that in the next five years, the south side of the center will also likely be turned into an open-air corridor. Planning for that project could begin in the next year or two, he said.