Roswell area shoppers should soon have a new national retail store and a tasty dessert shop to visit at the Roswell Mall.
Plans are in place for the mega, off-price retailer Marshalls to open a 25,000-square-foot store next to Hobby Lobby in the fall mall management announced Tuesday. Shoppers will access the store from the outside.
“We’re really excited to have them here,” said Anjy Cooper, mall spokeswoman in management and leasing. “I think for the mall, it will hopefully bring more national tenants for our interior stores, more job opportunities for the people in Roswell and overall make the mall look a lot busier, bigger, healthier.”
The company has not yet submitted official plans with the city for interior work, according to Building Inspector Miller Butts. Butts said he did finalize an addition to the south side where the old Walmart store was located, and where the new Marshalls will be built.
“The shell is existing with fire suppression in place,” Butts said. “It’s ready for interior remodel work.”
The mall added an additional 3,500-square-feet to accommodate what is expected to be a full-service Marshalls store — selling shoes, clothing, home décor and its full line of merchandise.
The addition will hopefully spark more interest with other national tenants, Cooper said.
“When you get a national tenant like that in, hopefully you get some in our interior mall spaces,” Cooper said. “Our goal is to get more tenants for the mall.”
The mall is currently 75 percent occupied. Ninety percent of those tenants are national chain stores.
“We do also have some local tenants who are doing well,” Cooper said.
A new local company “Deliciously Irresistible,” owned by two hometown entrepreneurs, will open its first shop inside the mall.
Mandi Madrid and Becca Pardo will create and sell fruit arrangements, gourmet cupcakes, candies, cakes and other edible arrangements. The specialty will be their cheesecake-filled strawberries.
The two hope to hold a grand opening April 1.
“We’re really excited,” Pardo said. “It’s moving a lot faster than we thought it was going to. Our arrangements have come out really pretty and unique.”
Shoppers and retailers at the mall last week heard rumors about Marshalls’ plans to build in Roswell. Mall management couldn’t confirm details until this week.
“We’ve known about it for quite some time and it was a secret that was hard to hold,” Cooper said. “We have announced it to a few groups who are excited for the job opportunities. We’ve let some of our tenants know and they were excited that it will bring people to the mall.”
Tia Vialpando, 19, of Roswell, said she thinks the new store is a good idea.
“It gives us more opportunities and more choices,” Vialpando said. “I buy a lot of shoes. I’m a shoe fanatic. I’ll shop there.”
Anissa Ybarra, 19, of Roswell agreed.