CBL & Associates Properties and DreamWorks Animation bring the Ultimate Santa Adventure at Oak Park Mall; set to open on November 7

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2015-10-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE:CBL) today announced that it will host the Ultimate Santa Adventure at Oak Park MallA DreamWorks DreamPlace is a captivating and interactive Santa adventure for the entire family that is set to open to the public on Saturday, November 7. DreamWorks Animation, the global family entertainment brand known for award-winning storytelling and industry leading innovation, has chosen Oak Park Mall in Overland Park, KS, part of the greater Kansas City market, as one of the premier locations around the world during the 2015 holiday season to feature this experience.

“We’re thrilled to work with DreamWorks Animation to bring this incredibly unique experience to our guests at Oak Park Mall,” said Stephen Lebovitz, President and CEO, CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. “The Santa experience is a longstanding tradition for many families and DreamPlace is unlike any Santa experience we’ve hosted previously – a true must-visit destination for the holiday season!”

Ultimate Santa AdventureA DreamWorks DreamPlace is a first of its kind holiday experience that starts with Shrek and ends with Santa, seamlessly blending storytelling with cutting-edge technology. Appointments can be made through the web, allowing families to enjoy Oak Park Mall before or after embarking on an unforgettable adventure.

“Following a fantastic national launch during the 2014 holiday season, DreamPlace is back to turn the traditional mall holiday visit into something truly special with an immersive, interactive approach that draws on our signature brand of technology, storytelling, and of course, humor,” said DreamWorks Animation’s Head of Retail Development Paul Kurzawa. “Shrek and his friends are here to bring the holidays to life with an unparalleled experience which fans will absolutely love.”

Ultimate Santa AdventureA DreamWorks DreamPlace opens on Saturday, November 7, at 10 am with a holiday kick-off party that will include entertainment and activities for the kids and special holiday treats. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by visiting TheNewOakParkMall.com.

About Oak Park Mall
Oak Park Mall is conveniently located in Overland Park, Kansas, just off of Highway 69 at West 95th Street. The shopping center is the exclusive home in the Kansas City metro area to Nordstrom, Disney Store, Oakley, LUSH, Microsoft, Teavana, and more than 185 specialty stores, boutiques and eateries. Oak Park Mall also is home to Kansas City’s only American Girl store. Oak Park Mall is owned and managed by CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. Additional information can be found at TheNewOakParkMall.com.

About CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
CBL is one of the largest and most active owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the United States. CBL owns, holds interests in or manages 147 properties, including 90 regional malls/open-air centers. The properties are located in 30 states and total 84.0 million square feet including 6.5 million square feet of non-owned shopping centers managed for third parties. Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL has regional offices in Boston (Waltham), MA, Dallas (Irving), TX, and St. Louis, MO. Additional information can be found at cblproperties.com.

SOURCE: CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.


Hy-Vee returns to its roots in Austin with plans to build new 60,000 – 90,000sq ft grocery store at Oak Park Mall

AUSTIN, Minn., 2014-10-8— /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. officials announced today that it would return to its roots in Austin with plans to build a new 60,000 – 90,000-square-foot grocery store at Oak Park Mall — the location of Hy-Vee’s original Austin store.

“We’ve been a part of this community for almost 40 years, and it’s been hard to witness how Oak Park Mall has struggled. I wanted to see if there was something we could do to move the needle like never before,” said Todd Hepler, Austin Hy-Vee store director. “Luckily, Hy-Vee provides me the autonomy to impact change. I took this idea to our leadership, and now a new store will be built at the mall.”

Hy-Vee has signed a letter of intent with the Austin Port Authority, and over the next 30 days the two entities will work to execute a formal developer’s agreement and purchase agreement.

As part of the arrangement, a large portion of the mall at 1301 18th Ave. NW will be demolished and the site will undergo several major improvements, including the addition of a storm detention system; upgraded building facades and fire protection for remaining buildings; new exterior walls for Younkers and the movie theater; and a new parking lot and public restrooms.

“We couldn’t be happier with the agreement. This is the type of major investment from a respected retailer that Oak Park Mall needed,” said Jerry McCarthy, president of the Austin Port Authority. “We’ve worked hard over the years to spur new life in the mall. We never gave up hope that one day an opportunity would present itself, enabling the mall to live up to its full potential.”

Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm agreed, commending the Port Authority and Hy-Vee for working together to come up with a solution. “This is a win-win for everyone, but especially for the citizens of Austin,” he said. “It won’t be long now that we’ll be able to drive by the mall and look upon it with pride.”

The new Austin Hy-Vee store will feature the amenities Hy-Vee has become known for, such as a Market Grille, a full-service restaurant and bar concept; pharmacies with drive-up windows; in-store dietitians and a wellness department; floral design and shop; certified wine, beer and spirit specialists; specialty cheese and artisan bread; in-store chefs and cooking demonstration stations; a made-to-order sushi bar; a large HealthMarket and bulk foods section; thousands of produce and specialty items; and dry cleaning and postal services.

According to the agreement, the current Hy-Vee store at 1001 18th Ave. NW will be demolished within 90 days of its new Oak Park Mall store opening, and the location will be donated to the Port Authority. Hy-Vee has been at its location on 18th Avenue since 1985; the store was previously located at the mall from 1975 – 1985.


Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 237 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $8 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle.