Papyrus, PacSun coming to Mall at University Town Center

PacSun also expected to open Oct. 16 with new mall

cschelle@bradenton.comJune 20, 2014 

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An osprey flies over the lake at the southeast corner of the Mall at University Town Center on Friday.PAUL VIDELA/Bradenton Herald

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UNIVERSITY PARK -- The Mall at University Town Center is 80 percent leased with Friday's newest retailers -- Papyrus and PacSun -- filing building permits.

No mall would be complete without a greeting card store, and Papyrus will look to fill that void.

Papyrus filed a building plan application Friday with Sarasota County for a 1,200-square-foot store, which will be located on the first floor near Macy's.

Papyrus was founded by Marcel and Margrit Schurman in 1950 and has more than 450 stores across the country. The couple handcrafted cards in their kitchen from paper made from the papyrus plant and first opened a retail store in 1973 in Berkeley, Calif. The company is part of the Schurman Retail Group that includes brands American Greetings, Carlton Cards and NIQUEA.D.

The University Park location would be the company's eighth Florida store. It also has a location in International Plaza.

Pacific Sunwear, or PacSun,

will also open a 4,000-square-foot store near Dillard's on the first floor of the new mall.

The Anaheim, Calif., clothing company has more than 600 stores and had $17.1 million in sales during the first quarter of 2014.

PacSun has a factory store in the Ellenton Premium Outlets and a store at the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall, and at one time had a location in DeSoto Square.

The 880,000-square-foot mall is expected to open Oct. 16 on Cattlemen Road and University Parkway and feature more than 100 stores and restaurants. Anchors include Apple, Crate & Barrel, H&M, Dillard's, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue.

So far, building permit applications have revealed about 80 percent of the mall's tenants, offering future shoppers a nearly complete list. In April, Taubman Centers announced the Mall at UTC was more than 90 percent leased and committed, and the director of development for the company, John Eggert, told the Herald in May that the mall will not be 100 percent full on opening day.

The building applications added up to 709,022 square feet for the mall, leaving 170,978 more square feet until all the mall tenants have been revealed.

The mall is being operated by Taubman Centers in a 50-50 partnership with University Park-based Benderson Development Co.

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

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