You may have noticed changes at the Gateway Fashion Mall in Bismarck. According to the owner, there's more to come -- much more. We sat down with Mall owner, Raymond Arjmand, for details -- in this week's "Around Town."
"A lot is happening at Gateway Mall. Very excited. We have a bright future for the mall," says Raymond Arjmand, Chairman of the Board, Gateway Fashion Mall.
One of the first new things you'll notice is a restaurant transformation -- as Chinatown becomes Sakura Japanese Steak House. Renovations are expected to start in December, and take three to four months. The new restaurant will add a top to bottom remodel, an exterior entrance and full bar.
Gateway Mall says they'll also be the new home for BC Bagels' baking plant. They're taking over this space -- with early openings to serve the morning crowd.
The Veterans Administration is moving into the old JoAnn Fabric space -- and H & R Block is coming for winter tax season.
But there's more --
"We are digging, interviewing and analyzing several national anchor tenants to take the old Famous Label space, 45,000 square feet. We have a large national tenant restaurant that's going to go on the pad, and we have also another national tenant that we are interviewing to be a restaurant in the old, in the existing Hancock Fabrics," says Arjmand.
And if that's not enough --
"We are also planning to build a hotel, myself with a partnership, a chain hotel behind the mall. So there's a lot of activity happening, beginning 2014."
Christmas is jam-packed at Gateway too. A fashion show is planned for the first week in December.
And Santa arrives November 29th. Rumor has it some of his reindeer will join him a couple days this month too. On December 22nd, Johnny Vincent, singer and Elvis' impersonator, will perform at 2:00 p.m., accompanied by Fire and Ice Dance Theatre.
"I'm happy for the mall. I'm happy for the community. I'm very happy for the tenant. This is a major transformation that hasn't happened to the mall for a long time, and I'm very happy to see all of that," says Arjmand.
The Mall also has several auctions set over the holiday season -- on November 23rd and December 7th and 14th -- where they say clothing, sculptures, furniture, handbags and European artwork are expected to sell at greatly reduced prices. Owner Raymond Arjmand says he's expecting 95% occupancy sometime in 2014.
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