With many more stores set to open right around the corner, crews tirelessly work to get the rest of Pier Park ready for the masses. I was there yesterday morning and more signs are up with the interiors of retailers such as Hollister, American Eagle and Borders Books and Music are quickly taking shape.
I got to peek inside Borders, and it looks done to me. I was told that it was one of five of their largest stores nationwide. They are recruiting management from within their ranks from around the country to come down and take over. They open on May 2nd.
Among the retailers just announced are Olive Garden, Great American Cookie Company, Maurices, Famous Footwear, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Blender A Fusion Clothing Store, The Eye Gallery, Carter’s Children’s Apparel, Shimmering Seas Jewelery & Gifts, Cute N’ Sassy Children’s Boutique and Things Remembered.
There is a media event today that I, unfortunately will be unable to attend (traveling on business), but I will post everything I hear.
Talking to staff at Simon, I hear that the retailers are doing better than expected with many breaking national sales records.
Pier Park continues to be a great place to not only shop and dine, but just plain hang out. I was disappointed by the lack of mall-wide free wifi (it is a subscription-based service), but many of the retailers have unsecured wireless networks and welcome the use of it to patrons.
I was in Buffalo Wild Wings the other night ($.45 wings on Tuesday nights, sweet!) and was told that they had free wifi, and was able to detect a signal, but there was no internet. Maybe technical difficulties?
I noticed that on the main boardwalk area they were repainting one of the structures to match Tootsies Orchid Lounge’s theme colors.