CINCINNATI -- Exclusive images show how the Tri-County Mall is working to re-invent itself as the retail landscape shifts to accommodate the Liberty Center project in Butler County.
The renderings show how a relocated Outback Steakhouse will fit into the new entrance at the 1.3 million-square-foot mall that floated a $35 million redevelopment plan at a retail trade show in May.
The redevelopment plan includes the recruitment of new restaurants, retail anchors and large indoor playground along Princeton Pike near I-275 in Springdale.
“Having this great national restaurant on site will bring more patrons to the mall,” said Mary Bresnahan, a Columbus-based vice president of retail brokerage for Jones Lang LaSalle, in charge of retail leasing for Tri-County. “Outback moved on this site as they knew it would give them the exposure they were missing at current site, and they are excited about the redevelopment and wanted to be on the ground floor.”
Outback is moving from its current location on Route 4 south of I-275, less than a half-mile west of Tri-County. The lease has been under discussion for months, but was finalized this week. Construction on the 6,500-square-foot restaurant is expected to start next spring and be completed by next fall.
Outback Steakhouse will be joined by Chipotle, Men’s Wearhouse and a Starbuck’s coffee shop with a drive-through window that will line the western edge of Tri-County Mall’s property on Ohio Route 747 south of I-275.
These are the latest in a series of steps to revive the 55-year-old shopping center after Singapore–based SingHaiyi Group Ltd. bought the place out of foreclosure in 2012.
“It’s step one of many more good things to come that we hope to announce shortly,” said Natalia Yaacob, marketing coordinator for the mall.
WCPO has previously reported that a Kohl’s department store and hotel were among the prospective tenants targeted at Tri-County. The mall has indicated the hotel is on the back burner and declined to comment on potential new retail anchors.