Westminster Mall, the county's second-highest-grossing retail center in 1986 by a mere $10 million in sales, will try to fight off competition with a soon-to-be-announced multimillion-dollar face lift.
The two-year renovation will take place in several phases, beginning with the ground breaking next month for a new food court. The mall's existing fast-food area will be gutted and will probably be replaced by retail and specialty shops. The new food area will be built on the mall's upper level and is scheduled to open next spring.
Mall planners have also considered slicing off the roof in the center of the mall and adding skylights to give it a modern, bright and airy look.
Meanwhile, discussions have also been held on adding retail boutique areas on the second and third levels. "The entire area is being redesigned and may incorporate both areas," said a knowledgeable source, who asked not to be named.