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Dillard’s signs on for store at Shops at Summerlin

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A rendering of the Shops at Summerlin, which are set to open in fall 2014. The Shops at Summerlin will feature more than 125 stores and restaurants in an open-air shopping environment with pedestrian thoroughfares and storefronts.

The Shops at Summerlin

A rendering of the Shops at Summerlin, which are set to open in fall 2014. The Shops at Summerlin will feature more than 125 stores and restaurants in an open-air shopping environment with pedestrian thoroughfares and storefronts. Launch slideshow »

Developers of the Shops at Summerlin have signed their second anchor store, giving another boost to the long-delayed project.

Howard Hughes Corp. said Monday that Dillard’s will operate a two-level, 200,000-square-foot department store scheduled to open in fall 2014. Dillard’s was supposed to have a store there before construction stopped four years ago under then-owner General Growth Properties.

Dillard’s has about 300 stores nationwide, including three in Las Vegas Valley shopping malls — Fashion Show, Meadows Mall and Galleria at Sunset.

Shops at Summerlin is a “premier location” that will let the Arkansas-based chain serve customers “at an even higher level,” CEO William Dillard II said in a statement.

The announcement comes after Dallas-based Howard Hughes said in September that construction was back on track for the Shops at Summerlin, with Macy’s as the first confirmed anchor store.

Like Dillard’s, Macy’s was supposed to have a store there before the project was mothballed. Nordstrom also planned to have a location there.

The retail district near Red Rock Resort is now slated to open in late 2014 with more than 125 stores and restaurants, featuring open-air pedestrian walkways and outdoor dining. It would be a part of a 106-acre, 1.5 million-square-foot development that includes a nine-story office building, owners say.

General Growth Properties halted the project, then known as the Shops at Summerlin Centre, in October 2008 amid the national economic meltdown.

The steel skeleton sits off the 215 Beltway, a visible reminder of the valley’s building bust.

General Growth filed for bankruptcy protection in April 2009 and spun off Howard Hughes as a separate, publicly traded company roughly two years ago. Howard Hughes was given control over numerous commercial and residential projects, including Summerlin Centre and the broader Summerlin master-planned community.

Shops at Summerlin is expected to generate about 1,700 construction jobs and 2,000 permanent jobs when fully open, the developer says.

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  1. Chunky says:

    Excellent! We need more shopping and dining options in Chunkerlin !!

    Maybe, just maybe building this will help bring home prices back up in the area as well.

    The only downside is the thought of "open air" anything mid-summer and mid-winter!

    That's what Chunky thinks!