Since last month, The Mall in Greece Ridge has added five new businesses and lost a long-established restaurant that was significant in the mall’s history.
Journeys Kidz, which sells baby footwear from Vans, Converse, UGG and other fashion brands in 230 stores nationwide, was announced by mall owner Wilmorite in January 2018 between JCPenney and Macy’s. 13.
A Journeys store not far away sells teen footwear and accessories.
There are four more openings ahead of the launch of Journeys Kidz at the mall:
- Roc City Solez, which sells Classic Drip upcycled footwear and apparel, is near Entrance #3. 9 (Shoppers also have access to Ulta Beauty and Aeropostale).
- Restocked specializes in upcycled vintage footwear and is #1. 6 Entrance (near Roc N Dealz).
- Hair salon Studio XVII, also at No. 6 entrance.
- Reality’s Edge Tattoo, No. 1 Entrance 5 (opposite Sogo Sushi & Hibachi).
TGI is closed on Fridays
Meanwhile, TGI Fridays, the first building constructed in 1992 as part of a $40 million project to connect Long Ridge and Greece Towne malls and create the 1.7 million-square-foot The Mall in Greece Ridge, has closed.
Restaurant at No. 8 entrance, closed in December. 20. According to the sign on the door. The company did not immediately respond to an email asking about the closure.
A spokesman for Wilmorite said it is looking for a new restaurant for the 5,000-square-foot space.
Fridays entered the Rochester market in 1978 at 125 White Spruce Blvd. In Brighton, the location remains open.
The first TGI Fridays opened in 1965 on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and is credited with inventing the singles bar. Growth and expansion led to a rebrand as a family restaurant, offering a wide variety of casual American cuisine.
Since 2008, nearly half of the country’s more than 600 Friday restaurants have closed due to the Great Recession, the rise of fast-casual restaurants like Panera Bread and Chipotle, and the coronavirus pandemic, according to Insider Business.
The mall will face the loss of another tenant in the coming weeks. The 12-screen Regal Greece Ridge was added to the list of theaters scheduled to close as part of its parent company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.
In new court filings, U.K.-based Cineworld Group said it would end the leases of 39 underperforming theaters across the country on Feb. 15, including the Regal Greece, as part of a plan to save $22 million a year. Ridge.
Wilmorite did not comment, but instead referred to questions about theater closures. Regal Cinemas is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee and remains the second-largest movie theater chain in the U.S. behind AMC Theaters.
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