The Las Vegas Strip is quickly becoming a one stop shop for … shopping. Here’s a look at some of the new retail destinations that will open on the Strip over the next year or so:
1. TI “retail-tainment” center
Target opening date: Fall 2014
Treasure Island Hotel & Casino attracted quite a bit of attention late last year when it announced it was closing its free Sirens of TI show to accommodate a new shopping complex.
Michelle Knoll, senior vice president of communications at Treasure Island, confirmed in December that the closure of Sirens was a direct result of the construction. “We are in a premium location and there is retail all around us. It seems like an obvious opportunity to investigate,” she said. “As a result of our new retail direction we were unable to keep the show. It’s a simple as that.” (Read the full interview).
Located at the resort’s northeast corner with a frontage that will run along Las Vegas Boulevard and Spring Mountain Road, the three-story, 48,000- square-foot complex is currently under construction (see photos). It will house the leading pharmacy and drug store chain, CVS. While other tenants have yet to be named, Treasure Island referred to the shopping complex as a “retail-tainment” center on its Facebook page in mid-January.
2. Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s
Target opening date: Fall 2014
Caesars Entertainment is currently constructing the $50 million Grand Bazaar Shops in front of Bally’s. The 2-acre outdoor retail complex will have 150 outlets ranging in size from 150 to 300 square feet.
“The inspiration came from the great markets of the world I’ve seen – the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, the Portobello Road and Camden Markets in London, the fantastic night markets in Asia, the spice markets in India, the souks of Northern Africa and the Middle East,” said Juno Property Group Chairman Laurence “Larry” Siegel, who pioneered the concept of the Grand Bazaar Shops. “With Grand Bazaar Shops, we aim to marry recent developments in retail, which have seen smaller, more unique and interactive stores in a variety of shopping environments.” (Read full interview).
Several tenants have already been signed including Swatch, Superdry, Havaianas and Campo Marzio, while more than a third of the space will be dedicated to restaurants, bars and food outlets. The focal point will be a tower called the Swarovski Crystal Starburst. Positioned over the brand’s store, it will display a midnight show of lights and music.
3. Tropicana Shops
Target opening date: 2015
Tropicana CEO Alex Yemenidjian recently announced plans to “hopefully” break ground on a 275,000-square foot shopping mall later this year.
Located on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue, the two-level shopping mall will expand the property’s restaurant and retail offerings with 160,000 square feet for stores and restaurants, and a 6,600-square-foot food court. The exterior will reflect a modern South Beach architectural look with LED lighting and signage.
In addition to being accessible from the mezzanine level of the casino and the street, the shops will be accessible to neighboring properties via a pedestrian bridge.
4. The Linq
Target opening date: Partially open, with additional openings throughout 2014
Tenants of the open-air, pedestrian-only district — including retail shops and restaurants — began their debut in late December.
Retail shops that are currently open at The Linq include Koto and Purple Zebra. Kitson boutique, Chilli Beans eyewear and additional shops will open soon.
When complete, The Linq will be packed with dining, entertainment and shopping opportunities.
Its anchor attraction, a 550-foot-tall observation wheel called the High Roller is scheduled to open in late March.
5. New York-New York/Monte Carlo Promenade
Target opening date: First half of 2014
MGM Resorts International is constructing a shopping promenade and open park area that involves remodeling the front facades of New York-New York and Monte Carlo. It will showcase new eateries, retail shops, Hershey’s Chocolate World and a 20,000-seat arena (developed in conjunction with AEG – to open in 2016).
“The redesign of the fronts of New York-New York and Monte Carlo is well underway with much of the work slated for completion this spring,” said Jenn Michaels, senior vice president of public relations for MGM Resorts International. “We introduced wonderful new retail offerings at New York-New York, which opened last month, and we will be launching a number of new food and beverage concepts at Monte Carlo in the months to come.” (Read full interview).
Three stores: Indeed, three new stores – Stupidiotic, Swatch and I♥NYNY — have already debuted and are accessible from entrances on Las Vegas Boulevard and from within the resort.