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Walking tour of snazzy new redo at Town Center

If you’re a regular shopper at Town Center at Boca Raton, the first things you notice are more seating. Lots of it.

There’s very visible shiny blue marble flooring between Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s. Talbot’s has moved next to Chico’s.

Mall manager Sal Saldana took time out to do a walking tour, highlighting the just completed, multi-million redo parent company Simon started in October 2017.

“We added a lot of seating,” Saldana said, to point out seating areas with charging stations. The groupings in the central court next to Starbucks are greatly expanded and a tone fountain was added in the redo.

The seating areas are meant to give laptop users a place to work and shoppers a break and gathering space. Putting seasonal greenery on the tables “makes it feel homier,” Saldana said.

Charley’s Philly Steaks is opening in the food court in mid-June. Café concierge Candice Arnold said it’s her job to keep the food court in order, especially on weekends. “We want to elevate it more like a restaurant,” Saldana said.

There’s a valet at the main entrance and a newer one as part of the renovation. Oak Tree valet outside William Sonoma sits between Macy’s and Saks.

Shoppers can text both valets to bring their car around. “If they end up on the other side, they’ll bring your car there,” Saldana said.

Bike racks have been added to the garages.

LED lighting is now throughout the shopping center. Sculptural installations that look like swimming schools of fish high above were added at the Bloomingdale’s court fountain and Luxury Rotunda fountain near Gucci and Louis Vuitton.

The aim was to give the mall more of a resort feel for both visitors and regular shoppers. Saldana’s saw tourists look at a kiosk for dining and stopped to give them suggestions.

VCC Construction was the general contractor. Gensler was the design architect. Among their other Boca projects were Lynn University’s new student center.

Town Center at Boca Raton opened in 1980 and was acquired by Simon in 1998.

The luxury mall at 6000 Glades Road includes Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. The property also features 220 retailers, among them Apple, Cartier, CH Carolina Herrera, Coach, Gucci, Kate Spade New York, Tesla, Peloton, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Stuart Weitzman, Tiffany & Co., Tommy Bahama, Tory Burch, Versace and Williams-Sonoma.

Among the restaurants are True Food Kitchen, The Capital Grille, Grand Luxe Café and California Pizza Kitchen and Zinburger Wine & Burger bar.

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