Retail

Abercrombie, two others coming to Westfield Southgate mall in Sarasota

SARASOTA -- Westfield Southgate is lining up more retailers in the midst of its multimillion-dollar renovation.

Abercrombie & Fitch, Alexander's and Island Purveyor featuring Tommy Bahama will join the mall this year, company officials announced.

Abercrombie & Fitch is expected to open a 4,700-square-foot space in May. Alexander's, a men's and women's clothing retailer with European influences is set to open a 4,400-square-foot store in June while Island Purveyor will open a 4,200-square-foot store in early summer.

This will be the first store in the Sarasota-Bradenton area for each of the three retailers, managing to steal some thunder from the new Mall at University Town Center.

"We are so excited to announce these new additions to our property," said Jim Ralston, general manager of Westfield Southgate, which is working to maintain its upscale lineup. "The addition of these stores perfectly aligns with our vision for the future of Westfield Southgate. As we continue to roll out the next phase of redevelopment, we are confident that this intimate and boutique shopping destination will provide a unique experience for Sarasota's year-round and seasonal residents, as well as the millions of tourists that visit Sarasota each year."

The mall, which will be renamed Westfield Siesta Key when renovations are complete, has also added Brookstone and TreborStyle to fill vacancies lost to the Mall at

UTC. Gap, Banana Republic, Mayors, Williams-Sonoma, Dillard's and Saks Fifth Avenue have all left the mall leaving Macy's as the lone anchor.

The Saks building will be a Cobb CineBistro theater, now expected to open in 2015 while Benderson Development Co., purchased the Dillard's last year with no announcement for redevelopment yet.

The mall also previously announced that restaurant Bravo! Cucina Italiana will also open this year.

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

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