November 21, 2010 by staff
Von Maur, with business operations in Davenport and shops in malls and NorthPark SouthPark announced Monday it will expand in Alpharetta, Ga., outside Atlanta. Von Maur will be over an anchor space in the shopping center in North Point, owned by General Growth Properties.
Amy Davis, director of advertising Von Maur, said the final decision was made last week. “This is an important move for us, expansion outside the Midwest, and we’re thrilled,” she said.
Von Maur, a family business, will open a store of 140,000 square feet by fall 2011.
He plans to take over a former Belk store of two floors that has been vacant since August 2009, she said. “We are stepping into this building and take more space in the mall.” The project is estimated at between 15 million and $ 18 million.
The new store will create 230 jobs.
Davis said the store will have the traditional residential feel that many of its stores.
“This is a fabulous mix of retailers we are happy to join,” she said. Other anchors include Macy’s, Dillard’s, JC Penney and Dillard’s.
Davis could not say how much time Von Maur had considered the Atlanta market. “We are always looking for places and are open to expansion,” she said. “The list of places we are considering may be long.”
Although she could not talk in detail about plans for the chain, Davis said Von Maur has an interest in expanding in the southeast. “He has got to be adequate space for us. This has presented us with a great spot in a mall in a very fast growth.”
Von Maur operates 25 stores in eight states across the Midwest over Illinois and Iowa. They include Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Ohio.
Von Maur was founded in Davenport more than 135 years ago. Its latest expansion was made in September with the opening of a store in St. Louis.
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