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Renovations planned for Mall at Rockingham Park

Union Leader Correspondent

April 23. 2014 8:49PM
Simon Properties officials, members of the design team, and town officials hold a ceremonial tile breaking for the renovation project at the Mall at Rockingham Park. The project is expected to be completed by the middle of November. (Adam Swift Photo)

SALEM — The Mall at Rockingham Park will have a new look by the time holiday shoppers are out in force.

Simon Properties, the owner of the 1.025-million square foot mall, recently announced plans for an extensive interior and exterior renovation to the mall to update its look. The mall opened in 1991, and this will be the first major update to the mall's overall look since then, according to mall general manager Cindy Hall.

Renovations are scheduled to get underway on May 1 and should be substantially complete by Nov. 15 of this year, according to Hall.

"We're confident this transformation will enhance the mall to become one of the best in the entire region, and further strengthen our position as a shopping and dining destination for those not only in New Hampshire, but also in the Greater Boston area and neighboring Vermont, Maine, and even Canada," said Hall.

The majority of the work will be done at night. The mall and all the stores in the mall will remain open during the renovation process.

The highlights of the project include a redesign of the existing mall entrances, including automatic doors and new facades; updates to the food court, including a new entrance, new colors, lighting, updated seating layout, and improved ADA compliance; and updated feature stairs at the center court of the mall.

The mall will also see improved seating areas throughout, flooring upgrades, restroom renovations, new glass railings, energy efficiency upgrades, and a new color scheme throughout the mall.

The new tile floors are one of the biggest investments Simon Properties is making at the mall, according to Frankie Campione, principal at Create Architecture and Planning, the architectural firm for the project. The black and white tiles throughout the mall will be replaced with a lighter, brighter Italian-style tile, Campione said.

Also sure to please shoppers and retailers at the mall will be the removal and replacement of all the brass railings throughout the mall, according to Campione.

The architect said the designers and construction crews will be working hard to make sure the mall remains a pleasant and viable shopping experience even as it is undergoing the renovations.

On Wednesday morning, Simon Properties and town officials held a ceremonial breaking of the tiles at the mall.

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