Banana Republic, Aveda joining Mall at University Town Center

Banana Republic joins sister store Gap inside upscale mall Oct. 16

cschelle@bradenton.comJune 12, 2014 

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Banana Republic and salon Aveda will join more than 100 other retailers inside the Mall at University Town Center come this fall.

Banana Republic, part of Gap Inc., and Aveda filed a building application Wednesday with Sarasota County, confirming their intentions of coming to the 880,000-square-foot mall.

The Banana Republic brand is considered a luxury, classic apparel retailer in Gap's line-up and was founded in 1978 in Mill Val

ley, Calif., before being acquired by Gap in 1983.

Banana Republic also has a store at Ellenton Premium Outlets and the Westfield Southgate Mall in Sarasota. It's unclear if the Southgate Mall location will close in favor of the Mall at UTC spot.

Aveda was started in 1978 by Horst Rechelbacher, who died in February. The Aveda mall stores are called experience centers and offer aroma therapy and some beauty services. Not all Aveda mall stores offer hair salon services. Aveda also has stores inside International Plaza in Tampa and Florida Mall in Orlando.

Organic Nail Bar and The Art of Shaving, a men's barber, are also bringing grooming goods to the mall along with Aveda.

The stores will join anchors Apple, Crate & Barrel, H&M, Dillard's, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue and others when the mall is expected to open Oct. 16 on the corner of Cattlemen Road and University Parkway. Taubman Centers, based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is managing the mall and built the upscale shopping center in partnership with Benderson Development Co.

Charles Schelle, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter @ImYourChuck.

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