Speak Out: What Establishments Would You Recommend for New Mall Addition?

At a meeting on Tuesday a representative of the mall developers said they would aggressively pursue retailers the community was interested in, if they could afford the market rates.


The plan to demolish the L.L. Bean store at the Mall in Columbia and is now in full swing.

Officials from General Growth Properties outlined plans on Tuesday night that showed what the new addition would like—it would consist of three buildings with a large courtyard in the middle. To fill the new space, GGP is currently  negotiating with several retailers who GGP senior development director Jim Whitcome said, "had tremendous interest" in the new development.

Whitcome also said that if residents would like to see a certain store be included in the new development, they should contact the mall's management and "we'll go aggressively at them."

"We're generally driven by what the market wants," said Whitcome. "We actively pursue any top quality merchant."

The mall already includes over 150 restaurants and stores. The full directory is listed on the mall's website.

Some Patch readers have already weighed in on the Columbia Patch Facebook Page, one recommended a Crate and Barrel, another person said CVS and a couple people said more parking (even though Whitcome made it clear on Tuesday that additional parking was not included in the current plan.)

So with the plan calling for stores and restaurants (some with the option of outdoor patios), the question we're posing to our readers is:

What stores or restaurants would you like to see built as part of the redevelopment of the Mall in Columbia?

Jo July 29, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Definitely Urban Outfitters!! I would be there literally every day. I also like the above ideas of a California Pizza Kitchen or a Jamba Juice. none of these are close, so it would be nice to have some around (:
Amy Brewer August 03, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Container store. Beer/crab joint Urban outfitters
suzanne Waller September 27, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Lisa Williams January 10, 2013 at 06:33 PM
I enjoy going to Columbia Mall as it is close to home and I like the variety of stores there. However, PARKING IS ALWAYS AN ISSUE every weekend night especially (and of course, for holidays) because of the current restaurants and the large movie theater. Just as others have mentioned, I have driven around for a very long time unable to find any parking and finally left -- choosing to eat somewhere else or go to Snowden Square for a movie. How can they add new restaurants and stores withOUT additional parking, especially on that side of the Mall?!? At least consider a large parking garage (3 levels minimum) towards the outer edge of the current lot. If parking is not added, I guarantee that business will be lost. I would be one of very many patron(s) that would no longer go to Columbia Mall for dinner or a movie. As for recommendations for stores/restaurants: seafood/steak restaurant would be populalr, definitely a drug store like CVS, and a book/music store (B&N or BAM or FYE).
Joe Bloe April 26, 2013 at 03:38 AM
An expanded Apple store!


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