Four stores have opened at the Rock Hill Galleria since May and a fifth will open in the fall, bringing the mall almost to capacity.
"Things at the mall are going good," said Allison Cleveland, marketing director for Jones Lang LaSalle that manages the mall. "With gas prices, sales as a whole in retail across the country are down. Ours are showing improvement."
New stores are:
• Carolina Sports, which sells collectibles, autographed materials, apparel, car accessories and a variety of NFL, Major League Baseball, NCAA and NASCAR merchandise.
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• The Cookie Store at the food court, which sells gourmet cookies, brownies, muffins, funnel cakes and popcorn.
• Take Five Arcade, which offers skee ball, air hockey, super shot basketball and a mechanical bull that can be controlled for riders of all ages.
• The Images Photography Co., which provides portraits, hand tints and custom designed prints.
Coming this fall will be C.J. Banks, a woman's apparel shop for sizes 14 and up. The 3,000-square-foot store is a division of Christopher & Banks, based in Minneapolis.
Ann Crisp, who manages Carolina Sports with her daughter, said they are pleased to be at the Galleria. "Everyone seems excited we're here," she said.
This is the second location for the family that has a store in North Wilkesboro, N.C. They plan to have a sports card show this weekend.
Mitch Burr, owner of Take Five Arcade, said he relocated his Monroe, N.C., arcade to the Galleria.
"The demographics surrounding the mall are the kind of people that would come into the arcade," Burr said. "Rock Hill is an impressive little town."
By fall, there will be only one retail space left to lease at the mall, which has more than 50 specialty stores off Dave Lyle Boulevard, Cleveland said.
The mall was purchased in 2004 by Cypress Equities, a Dallas-based company that spent several million dollars to upgrade the interior and exterior.
"It's not the same Galleria it was," she said. "People are realizing we have changed."
Community activities have increased to help draw shoppers. Coming Aug. 26 will be preliminaries for the Colgate Country Showdown, an "American Idol"-like program with a country spin.
"If they come out for an event and don't shop, that's fine," Cleveland said. "We just want them to come in the door."
Mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, visit the Web site at www.RockHillGalleria.com.