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Renovation, Update of Jefferson Valley Mall Discussed

Buca di Beppo restaurant to open near main entrance during holiday season.

Plans to renovate and update the Jefferson Valley Mall are in the preliminary discussion stage, a mall spokesman said this week.

In a related development, mall management has announced that Buca di Beppo will open its first eatery in Westchester County at the Yorktown retail center during the 2012 holiday season.

“Welcoming this new restaurant concept is a major boost to our dining options at Jefferson Valley Mall and will give our consumers a wonderful local establishment to enjoy delicious dishes with family and friends,” said Ken Hamilton, who became the mall’s general manager June 4. “We are pleased to bring Buca di Beppo into the retail mix … and look forward to its opening later this year.”

Reports of the proposed renovation followed an informal meeting this month between town officials and representatives of Simon Property Group, the Indianapolis-based corporation that owns the mall. No formal announcement was made after the meeting but Citizens for an Informed Yorktown posted a report on its Web site.

Kevin Ryan of Ryan & Ryan PR Inc., Simon’s spokesman in the Northeast, said the renovation concepts were too preliminary for an official announcement. 

The mall has occupied the site south of U.S. Route 6 between Lee and Hill boulevards for nearly three decades and was most recently renovated in 2002. Its directory lists some 90 specialty shops, anchored by Macy’s and Sears, with a 400-seat food court, according to its Facebook page.

For another take on the JV Mall's plans,

Scott Petricig July 26, 2012 at 03:08 AM
I don't understand why they're moving towards more of a "strip mall", outdoors design! The point of a mall is to be able to walk around and have all the stores surrounding you, and being able to get your shopping done in one environment, not have to walk from end to end of an outdoor strip mall. The great thing is, in bad weather, you can stay inside and be comfortable. I know I don't shop much at the Cortlandt Town Center, in fact I miss when it was the Westchester Mall and they had at least some semblance of an indoor mall!
Bill July 26, 2012 at 03:40 AM
I think the problem is that experience has shown that a small mall cannot survive against the bigger competition. Granted Nanuet is an extreme case since they are so close to the Palisades Center, But clearly people in the area are going elsewhere to shop other than the JV Mall. And based on the traffic I see at the Cortlandt Town Center, I think you're in the minority when it comes to not shopping there.
Caroline July 26, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Are you asking the people who really count? The people who live here??? Get rid of the strip mall idea - we want to shop indoors in the hot summer and cold winter - we have kids with us - there is no big mall close by so build it up!!
Jeff July 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Buca is horrible. I ate at one in Chicago. Why go there when there are great Italian places owned by local folks? Just like why do we need Pizza Hut when there are 35 pizzerias in Yorktown, JV, Mohegan and Cortland?
Bill August 20, 2012 at 03:10 AM
They can't build it up without town permission and past experience has shown that they will not get it (like when Macy's wanted to add a 3rd floor and expand their footprint). So they're trying to do the best with what they have with minor expansions which are likely to get approval. I think that Simon also wants to see if they can turn the place around before committing to a lot of money.

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