Clothiers, jeweler, eyewear retailers to build stores at Mall at UTC

mjohnson@bradenton.comJune 7, 2014 

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Four retail stores coming to the Mall at University Town Center will bring couture for children and adults, jewelry, and eyewear to bring it all into focus.

Sarasota County permitting documents show that men's clothing retailer Camicissima Milano, jeweler Mayors, kids clothier Janie and Jack and a unnamed optical seller are about to begin building and remodeling spaces in the $315 million mall at University Parkway and Cattlemen Road.

The 1,200-square-foot Camicissima Milano store at the mall is part of a southern U.S. expansion by the Italy-based men's shirt and tie retailer. The 83-year-old company currently has two stores in New York City and more than 100 in Italy. According to its website, Camicissima Milano is scheduled to open four new stores in Florida and one in the Atlanta area. The University Park store has not yet been announced on the website. The construction value of the store build out is set at $140,000, according to a permit application filed with Sarasota County.

For children from ages "preemie to 6," the Janie and Jack will bring little suits, vests, dresses and special occasion wear to a 1,475-square-foot space at the mall. Owned by California-based Gymboree Corporation, Janie and Jack has 133 stores nationwide and 11 in Florida, not including the future University Park store. In relation to Manatee and Sarasota counties, the company's nearest retail store is in Tampa.

On the jewelry front, south Florida-based Mayors enters the bling ring at the mall about a month after Zales Jewelers revealed plans for its University mall store. The retailer, which sells both jewelry and watches, will occupy a 1,467-square-foot space. According to its construction permit application, Mayors will invest $300,000 in building its space. Mayors has 17 stores in Florida, including one at Westfield Southgate in Sarasota.

Joining the three stores named in permitting documents will be an optical store that is not specifically identified in its permit application. The store is slated to occupy 1,200 square feet of retail space. It joins eyewear retailers LensCrafters and Solstice Sunglasses at the mall.

The 880,000-square-foot Mall at University Town Center is scheduled to open on Oct. 16. It will feature 115 shops and restaurant when complete. Benderson Development and Taubmen Centers of Michigan are partners in building the mall.

Matt M. Johnson, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7027, or on Twitter @MattAtBradenton.

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