Big changes are in store at Barton Creek Square mall.
The mall has started an extensive remodel of its food court, with construction expected to continue until late November. Crews will work late at night, after restaurants have closed for the day, to avoid disturbing customers, marketing director Kristen Yen said.
Plans call for new flooring and seating for about 500 people – including some bar-height chairs with adjacent docking stations to charge cellphones and other electronics, Yen said.
Hand-washing stations will also be added, the existing men’s and women’s restrooms will be refurbished and the family restroom will be enlarged.
The cost of the project wasn’t disclosed.
“The renovation will enable us to upgrade our dining service and enhance the customer experience,” Yen said. “We look forward to offering a sleek, updated food court … just in time for the busy holiday season.”
Restaurants in the mall’s food court include Marble Slab Creamery, Chick-fil-A, Charley’s Grilled Subs, Panda Express, Steak ’n Shake, Ruby Thai, Sarku Japan, Frullati Café and Villa Pizza.
Barton Creek Square opened in 1980 and has undergone several makeovers, big and small, since then, including a major remodel in 2003, when Nordstrom took the place of a shuttered Montgomery Ward store.
Candy shop coming to Bee Cave
The Hill Country Galleria is getting a sweet new addition.
The Candy Jar, a — you guessed it — candy shop, is set to open Oct. 1 in the Bee Cave shopping center.
The 2,300-square-foot store will offer about 600 different varieties of candy, a mix of classics and today’s trendiest treats, including New Orleans-style snowballs.
Founder and president Christine Messina, an Austinite, says she and her husband Louie decided to open their own store after visiting countless candy shops around the U.S.
“We thought it would be great to have a place in our hometown that families can enjoy together and not have to wait until they’re on vacation,” she said. “We wanted it to be special and embrace all the celebrations people have in their lives, whether it’s a holiday, birthday, baby shower or even celebrating with the team after a championship game.”
In addition to selling candy, the store will also have a party room available for rent.
The Candy Jar will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Get more details at thecandyjartx.com.
New shopping center on the way
A new shopping center is going up at a busy North Austin intersection.
Work is under way on Arbor Town Square, at 10717 Research Blvd., near Braker Lane.
Tenants committed to the project so far include a nail salon, Firehouse Subs, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and Union Brew Restaurant and Pub, according to Retail Solutions, which is handling leasing for the center.
The express lane …
Specialty grocer Trader Joe’s opened its first Central Texas location Friday at the Shops at Mira Vista shopping center at 2805 Bee Cave Road in Rollingwood. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. … Belk, a department store with a hefty presence in the Southeastern U.S., is entering Central Texas with a new store set to open Oct. 16 at the Town Center at Creekside shopping center at Interstate 35 and FM 306 in New Braunfels. It joins a number of other big-box retailers, including Target, JCPenney, Best Buy, Ross and Dick’s. … Austin is home to a new prototype store for Papa Murphy’s, a national take-and-bake pizza chain. The store at 11404 RM 2222 in the Four Points area was designed to be as transparent as possible, the company said, “eliminating boundaries between customers and their pizza.” A San Marcos Papa Murphy’s should be sporting a similar look soon. … GNC nutrition now has a store in the Arboretum area at 10001 Research Blvd. … Town and Country Leather has opened its third Central Texas location. Find it at 12703 Texas 71 W. in Bee Cave, near the Hill Country Galleria.