Retailers secure leases at New Jersey mall

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Six leases have been signed at the Wayne Towne Center in Wayne, N.J., a 700,000-square-foot shopping center that is currently being redeveloped. The new leases at the property, owned by Wayne Towne Center Associates LLC, include 70,000 square feet for sports retailer Dick's Sporting Goods; 19,000 square feet for shoe retailer DSW; 2,500 square feet for Mexican grill Chipotle; 7,700 square feet for restaurant Olive Garden; 7,300 square feet for restaurant Bahama Breeze; and 4,500 square feet for restaurant Fresh City. Wayne Towne Center is situated at the intersection of three highly traveled New Jersey highways: Route 80, Route 46 and Route 23. A 200,000-square-foot Fortunoff store and a 225,000-square-foot JCPenney anchor the property. According to a press statement, the first phase of construction is underway with occupancy slated for mid-2008. *** What's your opinion? Send your Letter to the Editor to opinion@inman.com. ...