is gearing up for the holiday season with a slew of new store openings this month.
Charlsey Webster, a Crossroads Bellevue spokeswoman, said four new tenants are expected to open their doors in October.
- The long-awaited Bellevue location of , the popular Seattle-based climbing gym, is expected to open its doors Oct. 22. The climbing gym will occupy 22,000 square feet of space, about half of the former Circuit City location at Crossroads.
- Sally Beauty, a national chain based in Denton, Texas, plans to open its store around the same time, most likely Oct. 24, a company representative said. Currently, the nearest Sally Beauty location is in Renton.
- T-Mobile will open a location in the shopping center on Oct. 28.
- Famous Footwear is slated to open with a grand opening celebration at the center on Oct. 29. Right now, the nearest locations are in Issaquah and Kirkland.
Other changes have happened recently or are underway at the center:
- will be remodeled and reopen under new ownership as Crossroads Toys. The connected children’s salon also will be remodeled, but will be open during remodeling, said Susan Benton, a property manager for Sher Partners, the majority owner of Crossroads Bellevue.
- is expanding, adding café-style seating, and plans to expand its menu to include crêpes and other food items, such as it offers currently at its downtown Bellevue location. Webster said an exact date for the opening of the additional seating has not been determined yet.
- , , and have all moved to new locations within the shopping center with revamped designs. Party City has expanded and added new features, such as a “candy lane,” Webster said, and the new Old Navy location has been updated with its new bright white store design.
- Some new food options have been added recently, including Peaks Frozen Yogurt and in the International food court Market Fish Fry—a gourmet take on fish and chips by the owner of —and Green Bamboo Wok.
The shopping center itself has been undergoing an internal facelift as well, with new banners in the atrium, a redesigned stage, and new wall graphics that celebrate the diversity of Bellevue, highlighting the 10 most spoken languages here, Webster said. Soon, the mall will be installing a 58-inch retractable plasma television above the stage that will be used to show previews of events to come in the center, she said.
All of the changes, which in total will leave the center 98 percent occupied, have been timed to be ready in time for the holiday season and the annual Cultural Crossroads Festival that is slated to take place Nov. 4 – 6.
“We wanted to have everything open for the holidays,” Webster said. “We want people to rediscover Crossroads.”
Webster said Crossroads will be offering special deals and incentives related to the new stores to people who follow the center on social media sites, such as Facebook.