Following the opening of Whole Foods, Coddingtown shopping center plans next year to renovate its mall entrances on Guerneville Road and Cleveland Avenue.
As well, the mall plans to do some painting and to “freshen up the north side” near the new natural foods market, Laura Kozup, mall manager for Simon Property Group, said Wednesday.
Other changes will include a new children’s play area and the refurbishment of the revolving Coddingtown Mall sign.
Kozup declined to release an estimate of the price for the renovations. The work is to begin in “early 2011,” according to a press release.
The mall is jointly owned by the Indianapolis-based Simon and Codding Enterprises of Rohnert Park.
In recent years, Coddingtown has suffered from the closure of anchor tenant Gottschalks and the loss of smaller retailers. But Simon and Codding officials have pointed to the opening of the Whole Foods market there as a key step forward for the center.
Kozup said she had no news to release about efforts to lease the former Gottschalks’ space, but “by doing the renovation, it always brings more interest in the center.”
— Robert Digitale