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Pacific Retail Capital Breaks Ground on Mall Redevelopment Project Near Jackson

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The redevelopment of Northpark mall in Ridgeland, Miss., will transform the current food court into The Eatery, an open, café-style dining area that will feature interactive digital displays and new dining options.

RIDGELAND, MISS. — Southern California-based Pacific Retail Capital Partners (PRCP) has broken ground on the redevelopment of Northpark, a 958,000-square-foot enclosed mall in Ridgeland, about 11 miles north of Jackson. Plans for the first phase of the project include new public entrances, corridors, amenities, public restrooms and common-area gathering spaces. The renovation will include new interior and exterior landscaping and a complete resurfacing of the parking lot, public art from local artists, a new children’s play area and a new family lounge with private nursing stations, baby-changing stations and a family restroom. In addition, the redevelopment will transform the mall’s current food court into The Eatery, an open, café-style dining area that will feature interactive digital displays and new dining options. The first phase of the project is slated for completion this November.

 

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Northpark Breaks Ground on Multimillion-Dollar Redevelopment Project

March 15, 2018 – Northpark and Pacific Retail Capital Partners (PRCP) officially broke ground, March 8, 2018, on a multimillion-dollar renovation project. Work began immediately to update and renovate Northpark, a 34-year-old Ridgeland, MS indoor institutional shopping destination.

Phase 1 plans for the 958,000-square-foot property include new public entrances, corridors, amenities, public restrooms, and common-area gathering spaces. The stunning look will combine Southern charm with modern elemental architecture and design. Other enhancements will include fresh interior and exterior landscaping and a complete resurfacing of the parking lot.

“THE PARTNERSHIP WITH PACIFIC RETAIL HAS BEEN WONDERFUL,” SAID RIDGELAND MAYOR GENE MCGEE AT THE GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY. “WHEN THE COMPANY CAME TO US AND SHARED THEIR VISION FOR NORTHPARK, IT CREATED TREMENDOUS EXCITEMENT FOR US BECAUSE WE KNEW THAT NORTHPARK WAS GOING TO BECOME SOMETHING SPECIAL AND WOULD CONTINUE ON AS A STRONG ECONOMIC CATALYST FOR THE FUTURE.”

The renovation will include a complete transformation of the current food court to a more open and spacious café-style Eatery, offering fresh dining options and updated dining areas where visitors will be able to comfortably gather and relax during their shopping visits.

The Eatery will feature a large, high-resolution interactive digital display designed to provide continuous, motion-activated content, including targeted messaging. There will also be an electronic directory and interactive gaming designed to create a real-time connection and unique shopping experience for families. This engaging technology will allow Northpark to provide a measurable, added-value service for their retail tenants, driving more sales and ensuring brand recognition and customer loyalty.

The redevelopment will also incorporate public art features from area artists, a state-of-the-art children’s play area, and a new Family Lounge featuring private nursing areas, baby-changing stations, a large child-friendly restroom, and amenities to entertain children while shoppers relax and recharge.

“Through this renewal, Northpark, as one of Mississippi’s largest indoor shopping destinations, will reassert itself as the retail and cultural heart of the community,” said Najla Kayyem, senior vice president of marketing for Pacific Retail Capital Partners. “The Northpark revitalization pays homage to the community’s history while transforming it into a progressive, fashionable, inviting, and family-friendly gathering place to create new memories.”

Since first opening in 1984, Northpark has been a vital contributor to the local, county, and state economies. Northpark currently provides 40 percent of Ridgeland’s tax base.

The renovation process will not impact accessibility and convenience for shoppers, as the majority of work will be performed after hours. Phase 1 is projected for completion in time for holiday shopping this November.

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Northpark Presents Glow in the ‘Park 5K During Grand Opening to Benefit Running for Adam

RIDGELAND, Miss. (October 19, 2018)—Northpark will host its inaugural 5K “Glow in the ‘Park” on Friday, November 16. The 5K will be a part of Northpark’s Grand Opening weekend festivities. The race will benefit Adam Malone, a Ridgeland teenager with Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy. Malone founded Adam’s Project, whose mission was to build a universal playground at Freedom Ridge Park for children ages 5-12, including those who are physically challenged. The project was completed in 2012.

As a senior at Jackson Prep, Adam videos high school football games as a member of Prep’s broadcast club and is actively involved in the school’s theater department where he won an award last year for his performance in a one act competition.

Adam and his family suffered a tragic house fire in January 2017. The Malone family rebuilt their home, however the backyard remains inaccessible to Adam who is confined to a wheelchair.

Friends of the Malone family called on the services of a landscape designer and started a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the cause. Providing Adam with increased independence and an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors is a dream that Adam’s friends want to see come true. Northpark’s mission for the 5K Glow Run is Supporting Community, One Family at a Time, year after year, and this is what they aim to do. Sponsorships from the race will benefit Running for Adam and the project’s goal to make the Malone family backyard accessible to the teen.

The race will start at 7 p.m. by the Northpark main entrance between Dillard’s and Belk, and will finish near the new Eatery. Each race participant will receive (1) free beer ticket at the finish line, (must be 21 or over) post-race refreshments, along with door prizes, giveaways, discounts, and goodies. Cash prizes will be given to the fastest male and female finishers, along with age group awards for both run and walk categories, along with a prize for the most decked-out glow runner. As this is an evening race, runners and walkers are encouraged to wear reflective gear. The night will be topped off with Northpark’s Silent Disco after-party, hosted by DJ 51-50.

All schools are encouraged to participate, as the school that has the most students registered to race will win a $500 cash prize. The winning school will be announced during the evening awards ceremony. All schools are invited to compete. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult to race.

For more information on how to become a sponsor of the Glow in the ‘Park 5K, contact Gingi Gautier at vsg@wisecarter.com. To register for the Glow in the ‘Park 5K, visit: raceroster.com. Additional race information can be found at northparkmall.com/events/glow-5k/. Online registration is available through November 12.

Northpark breaks ground on multimillion-dollar redevelopment project

JACKSON, Miss. – Northpark and Pacific Retail Capital Partners (PRCP) officially broke ground, March 8, 2018, on a multimillion-dollar renovation project. Work began immediately to update and renovate Northpark, a 34-year-old Ridgeland, MS indoor institutional shopping destination.

Phase 1 plans for the 958,000-square-foot property include new public entrances , corridors, amenities, public restrooms, and common-area gathering spaces . The stunning look will combine Southern charm with modern elemental architecture and design. Other enhancements will include fresh interior and exterior landscaping and a complete resurfacing of the parking lot.

“The partnership with Pacific Retail has been wonderful,” said Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee at the groundbreaking ceremony. “When the company came to us and shared their vision for Northpark, it created tremendous excitement for us because we knew that Northpark was going to become something special and would continue on as a strong economic catalyst for the future.”

The renovation will include a complete transformation of the current food court to a more open and spacious café-style Eatery, offering fresh dining options and updated dining areas where visitors will be able to comfortably gather and relax during their shopping visits.

The Eatery will feature a large, high-resolution interactive digital display designed to provide continuous, motion-activated content, including targeted messaging. There will also be an electronic directory and interactive gaming designed to create a real-time connection and unique shopping experience for families. This engaging technology will allow Northpark to provide a measurable, added-value service for their retail tenants, driving more sales and ensuring brand recognition and customer loyalty.

The redevelopment will also incorporate public art features from area artists, a state-of-the-art children’s play area, and a new Family Lounge featuring private nursing areas, baby-changing stations, a large child-friendly restroom, and amenities to entertain children while shoppers relax and recharge.

“Through this renewal, Northpark, as one of Mississippi’s largest indoor shopping destinations, will reassert itself as the retail and cultural heart of the community,” said Najla Kayyem, senior vice president of marketing for Pacific Retail Capital Partners. “The Northpark revitalization pays homage to the community’s history while transforming it into a progressive, fashionable, inviting, and family-friendly gathering place to create new memories.”

Since first opening in 1984, Northpark has been a vital contributor to the local, county, and state economies. Northpark currently provides 40 percent of Ridgeland’s tax base.

The renovation process will not impact accessibility and convenience for shoppers, as the majority of work will be performed after hours. Phase 1 is projected for completion in time for holiday shopping this November.

Northpark Calls on Local Culinary Professionals to Compete to Win a Dining Space

Northpark Offers $50,000 Investment, Six Months Free Rent and Turn-Key Dining Space to Winner of Community-Driven Culinary Event, Taste for the Space™

RIDGELAND, MS (September 4, 2018) – Northpark announces Taste for the Space™, a first-of-its-kind opportunity for Mississippi culinary professionals offering a $50,000 investment prize, a turnkey dining space, and six months free rent as the prize. Food truck operators, local restaurateurs, and chefs are invited to compete for a space at the newly renovated Northpark. The contest is accepting applications now until October 13, 2018.

To enter and compete:

Apply by October 13, 2018

To apply, interested parties simply fill out an online application and submit a 3-5 minute video explaining their credentials, and their vision as to why they should be considered to compete. All applications must be submitted by midnight, on October 13, 2018 to be considered. There is no fee to enter. To learn more or apply visit: www.northparkmall.com/tasteforthespace.

Compete at the December 1, 2018 Taste for the Space Event™ at The New Northpark

12-15 finalists will compete, each cooking his/her signature dish. The event is open to the public and $7 tickets will benefit a local cause. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy competitor tastings and then text to vote for their favorite contestant. The event will also include live music, games, family fun, refreshments, and more.

The winner will be selected using a combination of tasting scores from a judging panel, attendee votes, as well as the competitor applications and business plans.

“With Taste for the Space™, Northpark will provide a locally-run dining option to our guests, support Mississippi small businesses, and engage the community in a fun and exciting way,” said Kasey Dickson, Northpark’s General Manager.

Taste for the Space™ is an initiative by Pacific Retail Capital Partners (PRCP) to reinvest in their local communities and entrepreneurs. PRCP has hosted prior Taste for the Space™ competitions in Northern California, Utah, and Illinois.

“We want to support local small business owners,” said Christy Pender, Northpark’s Marketing and Business Development Manager. “Northpark belongs to the community. So, of course, we want to involve the community in shaping the future of their local dining experience.”

Northpark is currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation with phase one opening this November. The reinvention of this Ridgeland institution includes a complete transformation of the food court into a more spacious and vibrant café-style Eatery. Other renovations now underway to the 958,000-square-foot shopping destination include a modernized children’s play area, new public entrances and corridors, common-area updates and amenities, a family restroom and lounge, digital interactive media walls and common-area gathering spaces.

Northpark becomes first “searchable shopping center” in the Southeast through ShareRails break-through technology

Northpark becomes first “searchable shopping center” in the Southeast through ShareRails break-through technology RIDGELAND, Miss. (August 14, 2018)— Starting this month, Northpark will be the first Southeast shopping center to feature searchable inventory utilizing ShareRails, a
technology used to digitize Northpark’s inventory making products sold at the retail center searchable via the Northpark website and Google. ShareRails will offer Northpark tenants a clear online-to-offline path to compete with global online retailers. With Google’s location-based search results, this technology offers a new way to help drive consumers back to traditional shopping centers and offer a convenient alternative to e-commerce shopping.

Pacific Retail Capital Partners, Northpark’s managing partner, chose to implement ShareRails as part of the Ridgeland shopping destination’s current multimillion-dollar renovation along with additional innovative digital technologies. “We are thrilled to collaborate with ShareRails at Northpark and other Pacific Retail assets around the country,” said Najla Kayyem, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Pacific Retail. “We look forward to the success that ShareRails will create for Northpark’s retailers and to the convenience it will offer our shoppers.”

The ShareRails program recently garnered Pacific Retail a 2018 Silver MAXI award in New/Emerging Technology and the 2018 Special Distinction for Marketing Innovation award (most innovative submission overall). The ICSC MAXI Awards showcase the retail real estate industry’s most innovative events, programs and technologies that add value to shopping centers and companies across the country. This break-through innovation allows people to search for products online and then make a purchase immediately at Northpark. “We are able to enhance our customer’s satisfaction by making our physical retail inventory available online,” said Christy Pender, Northpark’s Marketing and Business Development Manager. “This technology will be a first for the region, and we are thrilled to lead off with this new searchable platform.” ShareRails is only one of the innovative technologies rounding out the interactive experience at Northpark as part of the current renovation. The new Eatery will house a large, high-resolution digital display that will provide entertainment and targeted messaging for customers. There will also be touchscreen directories and a children’s interactive wall complete with gaming and motion-activated content all designed to create a connective and unique shopping experience for families. This engaging technology allows Northpark to provide a value-added service for their merchants and the community they serve.

Other renovations now underway to the 958,000-square-foot center include a modern children’s play area, new public entrances and corridors, common area updates and amenities, a family restroom and lounge, and common-area gathering spaces including a complete transformation of the current food court to a spacious café-style Eatery. Fresh interior and exterior landscaping and a total resurfacing of the parking lot will complete Phase 1 in time for holiday shopping this November.

Northpark Unveils New Family Lounge and Discovery Park

RIDGELAND, Miss. (October 20, 2018) — This morning, Northpark unveiled the all new Family Lounge and Discovery Park kicking off a full day of grand opening events and activities for local children and families. The Family Lounge and Discovery Park
openings mark the first of upcoming grand opening events for the Ridgeland shopping destination’s current multimillion-dollar redevelopment. The events began with the unveiling of the Children’s Handprint Tile wall, created in May by over 100 local children, including young patients at Batson Children’s Hospital.

Ridgeland business Kelty Tile and Marble, featuring artist Delia Kelty, donated all of the tiles for the event. The tiles were sold to parents of the participants, and proceeds were donated to Batson Children’s Hospital through a check presentation of $3600 this morning. The Handprint tile wall will be featured in the Family Lounge for decades to come.

Other events throughout the day include a balloon drop, character photos, pumpkin decorating, a petting zoo, storytime, magicians, and entertainment. The state-of-the-art Family Lounge features private nursing areas, baby changing-stations, a large child-friendly restroom, and a variety of amenities to
entertain the kids while shoppers relax and recharge. Discovery Park is a nature-inspired interactive children’s zone based on local butterfly species and flora, including the magnolia. It is an inviting, open imaginative garden with areas for kids to run, learn, and explore. Discovery Park, combined with the Family Lounge, will create a fresh, energetic destination for families to spend time together. Renovations nearing completion to the 958,000-square-foot center include new public entrances and corridors, common area updates, amenities, and gathering spaces including a transformation of the current food court to a more open and spacious café-style Eatery. The Eatery will offer a fresh dining venue for visitors to comfortably gather and unwind while shopping. “We are thrilled to offer these fun and family-friendly gathering places to our community,” said Christy Pender, Northpark’s Marketing and Business Development Manager.

“Discovery Park and the new Family Lounge shows Northpark’s dedication to being a family-centric community beacon and will allow for family shopping with greater ease.” Fresh interior and exterior landscaping and a total resurfacing of the parking lot will complete Phase 1 next month. Northpark, which has remained open during the renovation, will host a grand reopening celebration of The New Northpark November 15-18, in time for the official kick-off of the holiday shopping season.

Jackson Native Douglas Panzone Commissioned to Create Large-Scale Mural for Northpark

RIDGELAND, MS (October 23, 2018) – Northpark’s first public art project is officially underway with the commissioning of Jackson native and visual artist Douglas Panzone. Panzone will be painting a mural located on the interior wall of Northpark’s new Eatery in Ridgeland within the course of two weeks beginning October 25. Currently based in Charleston, S.C., Panzone has built a reputation through the creation of awe-inspiring large-scale murals. Recent projects include a wall mural for HBO’s Vice Principals, two floor murals for his alma mater, the College of Charleston, and a massive mural to promote the upcoming release of the the Charleston-filmed horror flick Halloween. This past May, Panzone completed a celebratory work as part of the Belhaven Heights Mural Project. Coinciding with the recent restoration and designation of the State Capitol as a National Historic Landmark, the mural depicts two children with elements of the local landscape superimposed over an image of the newly restored Mississippi Capitol. Educational and creatively engaging, the mural visualizes a link supporting Jackson’s past and present. An early passion for painting began during Panzone’s high school years at St. Andrews, taking lessons under late Jackson artist Lynn Green Root, applying this dedication into a full-time practice and career since 2007. Without adhering to a specific style, Panzone has transitioned into his own niche of realism, primarily focused on large-scale works using spray paint. Panzone welcomes the opportunity to lend his talent to Northpark and bring another artistic asset to his hometown. “My murals range from geometric to bold linear art to realistic portrait work,” he stated. “My goal is to keep creating larger, more innovative works of all kinds. I want to keep evolving as an artist, both technically in skill and in scale.” In keeping with the overall look of the redevelopment, and as an homage recognizing the vibrancy of Mississippi, the nearly 1200-square-foot mural will feature four carefully etched representations of the magnolia, the Official State Flower.

“The opportunity to partner with Douglas Panzone to execute a one-of-a-kind work of art is very special,” says Najla Kayyem, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Pacific Retail Capital Partners. “Public art, combined with creativity and community engagement, can change perceptions, promote economic revitalization, and breathe new life back into our neighborhoods.” “Northpark strives to create a diverse array of opportunities to serve our community,” added Christy Pender, Northpark’s Marketing and Business Development Manager. “It will be incredibly rewarding to witness the transformation of a vision into a public art piece for the community to enjoy.” The magnolia wall mural is part of Northpark’s major redevelopment, encompassing new public entrances, corridors, amenities, restrooms, and common-area gathering spaces. The renovation includes a new, more spacious café-style Eatery, which will offer a fresh dining experience for shoppers during their visit to Northpark. The redevelopment also incorporates a state-of-the-art Family Lounge featuring private nursing areas, baby-changing stations, and a large child-friendly restroom, as well as the Discovery Park children’s play area, filled with amenities to play and learn while shoppers relax and recharge. Other enhancements include fresh landscaping and a complete parking lot resurface, which will be complete in mid-November before the onset of holiday shopping.

RIDGELAND’S NORTHPARK ANNOUNCES FIRST TASTE FOR THE SPACE EVENT WINNER

The Stuffed Baked Potato Factory Wins Opportunity to Open Inside Northpark Eatery, with 6-Months Free Rent and a $50,000 Investment.

RIDGELAND, Miss – (December 17, 2018) – Northpark, Ridgeland’s only enclosed climate controlled shopping and dining destination, recently announced the first winner of its Taste For the SpaceTM culinary event hosted at the beginning of December. The Stuffed Baked Potato Factory won an opportunity to open its dream restaurant inside the Eatery at Northpark, as well as 6 months free rent plus $50,000 to put toward their new space – a prize package worth $140K.

The Stuffed Baked Potato Factory specializes in a variety of quality meats, cheeses and toppings, bringing a new and unique concept to the greater Jackson area. Owner, Michael Joyner, fell in love with the idea in 2015 when his lifelong friend started the company. Since then, Michael has become the first franchisee owner and has extreme passion for what he describes as, “the perfect and simple concept – taking any food item from across the world and turning it into a stuffed baked potato.”

“Winning Taste for the Space gives me the chance to take my company to the next level while continuing to create and share my stuffed baked potato creations. The Stuffed Baked Potato Factory is a labor of love and proof that when you believe in something and work at it, the possibilities are endless.” Said Michael Joyner. “With my new establishment, I plan to put a smile on my customers’ faces and create an experience that will keep people coming back for more and plan to do what I do best – provide a variety of quality stuffed baked potatoes with unparalleled service.”

The Stuffed Baked Potato Factory served their signature dish called the “Trash Can Stuffed Baked Potato,” which includes seven different meats, cheeses, onions, BBQ sauce, chives and a blend of Moe’s Magic Dust seasonings.

“It was an exciting and energy filled competition between all 11 chefs, but The Stuffed Baked Potato Factory was the winner and had a unique concept that we know will thrive here at Northpark,” said Ruben Perez, executive vice president of leasing for Pacific Retail Capital Partners, the operating group for Northpark. “Taste for the Space, the first culinary and community event of its kind at Northpark, brought together the community to support its local culinary scene. Because of this event, there is an exciting possibility of having a few other contestants join the line up at Northpark.”

Taste for the Space, a family-friendly, community-focused culinary event, took place on Saturday, December 1st. This food festival and cooking competition brought together food trucks, local restaurateurs and chefs to showcase signature dishes to the local community, and share why their taste should win the space. The event also featured games, an interactive photo booth, kids’ activities, a vodka tasting station from Cathead Distillery, live entertainment and more. Taste for the Space was sponsored by Sysco Nourishing Neighbors, who generously provided all the food and paper products for the competing chefs on the day of the event, WLBT On Your Side, Parents and Kids Magazine, Super Talk Mississippi, and Cathead Distillery. More information about Northpark and the Taste for the Space winner can be found at visitnorthpark.com.

Pacific Retail Goes On Buying Binge

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 | BY RAYNA KATZ
LOS ANGELES—Locally based Pacific Retail Capital Partners and a joint venture partner—who has chosen to remain anonymous—have purchased three…
The Galleria at White Plains is an approximately 870,000-square-foot, four-level, enclosed regional mall.
LOS ANGELES—Locally based Pacific Retail Capital Partners and a joint venture partner—who has chosen to remain anonymous—have purchased three regional malls across the country totaling approximately 2.8 million square feet of retail space.
The properties, which have a combined value in excess of $200 million, were sold by Simon Property Group. The trio of shopping centers are the Galleria at White Plains,
White Plains, NY; Northpark Mall in Ridgeland, MS and The Esplanade in Kenner, LA, outside of New Orleans.
Based here, Pacific and its partner were represented in the transaction by a legal team from Orrick. Led by Olga Sirodoeva, partner in the firm‟s Washington, DC office, the team included real estate partner Marshall Brozost, corporate attorney Maria Sergeyeva and senior paralegal David Burkhart, as well as others at Orrick. Simon reportedly did not have representation.
“These properties are all prime examples of retail centers that serve a vital need in the community,” says Steve Plenge, managing principal of Pacific Retail Capital Partners. “Pacific Retail will evaluate each asset in the context of the neighborhood and what is valued by the customers to create a program to further enhance its appeal.
He continues, “This may include bringing new uses to the center, improving the physical space, adding events and public programs and in some cases redeveloping portions of the real estate.”
The Galleria is an approximately 870,000-square-foot, four-level, enclosed regional mall in an urban market of Westchester County, New York. Located at 100 Main St., the center is across the street from The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences and walking distance to the Metro North train station. White Plains is popular with commuters to Manhattan and features a business district with nearly six million square feet of office space within walking distance of The Galleria. The center currently features 130 retailers including Macy„s, Sears, H&M, Forever 21 and a host of eateries.
“To build on this strong asset, among the initiatives we are considering for The Galleria is stepping up the food offerings with more casual and fine dining and an enticing food hall to better serve area residents, visitors and office workers,” Plenge comments. “We will conduct an evaluation of the center to outline a capital improvement and leasing program.”
The Northpark Mall is set on almost 100 acres in a community that has seen the addition of 8,000 homes in the past ten years, approximately 10 miles from the state capital of Jackson. Located at 1200 E. County Line Road, the busiest retail corridor in the state, the approximately 958,000-square-foot, two-level mall offers 120 retailers and eateries. Northpark is the only enclosed regional mall in a 50-mile radius and serves a large residential population.
“At Northpark we are exploring the potential to add retailers that will be new to the market but fit the area demographics and demand,” Plenge observes. “We also will be refreshing the space to make it more attractive and inviting.”
Five minutes from the New Orleans International Airport and 15 minutes from Downtown, the Esplanade is set on 80 acres. Located at 1401 W. Esplanade Ave., the more than one-million-square-foot mall is in a popular residential area near Lake Pontchartrain.
Easily accessed with a newly opened direct-access ramp from the I-10 regional thoroughfare, the two-level center includes Dillard‟s, Target, Macy‟s, Victoria‟s Secret, Old Navy, an array of fast-casual eateries and a movie theater.
“The Esplanade is an example of a substantial piece of real estate in a thriving community,” Plenge notes. “We may explore some development to bring new, complementary uses, such as residences.”

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