New stores fill mall vacancies

PHOTO BY GRETEL DAUGHERTY—Shoppers walks past DA-AVY’S Fashion Boutique, a new store that specializes in women’s accessories such as shoes, jewelry and handbags in the Cafe Court area of Mesa Mall, 2424 U.S. Highway 6 & 50. The boutique opened Feb. 17.

New tenants are beginning to fill some of the Mesa Mall spaces vacated by retailers at the end of last year and beginning of this year.

Da-avy’s Fashion Boutique opened within the past two weeks in the mall’s Food Court next to Lids, marking owner Jeanette Almanzan’s first retail business venture. The store offers handbags, shoes, jewelry and other fashion accessories

“We’re very excited that she’s chosen Mesa Mall to launcher her business,” Jammie McCloud, mall marketing manager, said Sunday. “I think shoppers will respond really well to it.

McCloud said Almanzan is operating on a specialty lease, which can run anywhere from three days to one year and is often utilized by small retailers who are just starting a business or want to test a new product. The lease differs from a permanent lease, which can run five to 10 years.

Almanzan couldn’t be reached for comment Sunday.

Also new to the mall is Proactiv Zoom, a new vending concept offering Proactiv skin-care products. It’s located next to The Children’s Place.

The store openings come just weeks after the closings of music and video retailer f.y.e., women’s clothing store Rave and build-your-own-teddy-bear store Teddy Bear Stuff’n Factory. Furniture store Smart Buys Las Vegas shuttered in December.

McCloud said the mall is negotiating some other leases but couldn’t identify the potential tenants until the leases are signed.


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