I doubt that the space would be large enough. Those stores are so small. SC Place was probably around 1,500 to 2,000 square feet at the most. I wouldn't imagine all the spaces around would be any larger than 6,000 square feet, which is a little small for a UO. I would actually be kind of upset for them to open there, anyway. I think that Anthropologie would have done well at Haywood, possibly a little better than in downtown. I think UO would do better in downtown too, so I think they should switch that.
I still think they should expand a wing through Sears since there is no where to expand. What stores? I already have a list in mind.
Abercrombie & Fitch (Before you laugh, if you look at the locations that have closed, none of them are in as nice malls as Haywood and were in larger metro areas with too many stores or smaller metro areas than Greenville. Therefore, it is obvious that the reason why they closed was not for sales, but the fact that Sephora desperately wanted a full line store at Haywood so they were willing to pay more than A&F. Their sales have definitely went in the wrong direction through the downturn, but many analysts forsee that any troubles are behind them. Plus, they have been outbid for their lease before and have returned to the same mall within a few years. Besides, every Saturday I would go I would always have to wait in line for around 10 minutes, and no, they were never slow.)
BCBG Max Azria (relocate their boutique from Dillard's into the mall, but obviously keep the line at Dillard's as well...it really looked like any BCBG area in any other department store, just with BCBG signs and registers rather than Dillard's signs and registers, maybe bags too)
Jamba Juice (I wish!
Pottery Barn Kids
Sur La Table
The Cheesecake Factory
That could probably be enough stores to open in Sears, and the best part is that almost all of them are practical. Besides, if you look at an aerial view of the mall then you will see that there is enough room to put a Nordstrom behind the current Sears store, especially without the auto center. Basically this turns Haywood into SouthPark without any of the boutiques or Neiman Marcus, and with a jcpenney and more normal stores. I guess some would consider Cole Haan and MK to be boutiques, but they aren't really that much.
Edited by ct36, 12 May 2012 - 09:53 PM.