Fall into Fun

With autumn in full swing and the holidays just around the corner, La Palmera celebrates the season.

By: Sarona Winfrey

Fall is here, with the holidays right around the corner, and the La Palmera Shopping District has a number of activities planned, some designed to inform and others to entertain.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and La Palmera will commemorate it with a month-long awareness campaign sponsored by Radiology Associates, LLP. The mall will host a Radiology Associates “Coastal Bend Day of Pink” fundraising event on Oct. 3, and show off touches of pink throughout the month to raise awareness for breast cancer, including pink ribbon-wrapped palm trees in front of La Palmera and an informational art display in Center Court. The City of Corpus Christi and other Coastal Bend communities are also helping, issuing a proclamation to help increase breast cancer awareness and education.

November marks the start of the retail holiday season, and the La Palmera Shopping District will ring in the holidays with its traditional community festivities.

On Thursday, Nov. 5, the holidays will be in full swing at La Palmera with the annual arrival of Santa Claus. The evening’s activities will take place from 5 to 8 p.m., and include live music and entertainment throughout the mall with face painting, arts and crafts, local mascots, plus cookies and storytelling with Mrs. Claus. As is tradition, there will be a special ceremony at 6 p.m. to welcome Santa, who will be meeting with boys and girls and posing for photos in Center Court through Dec. 24 during regular mall hours.

And while the holidays mean beloved traditions, shoppers will soon be enjoying new additions, including new stores and other improvements coming to the La Palmera Shopping District by year’s end.

Crews have begun work on rebuilding the main parking lot at La Palmera. Fencing is up along South Padre Island Drive at the outer edges of the main parking lot up to the sidewalk by Dillard’s, where demolition of the existing parking is underway. Crews are working their way east in sections toward JCPenney and Chili’s Grill & Bar over the next couple of months as they work to complete the project before the holiday season.

“We try to be proactive with upgrades and repairs so the guest experience remains top notch,” said Fred Walters, vice president and general manager for La Palmera and The Shops at La Palmera. “Guest amenities are also a factor in attracting national retailers, such as Michael Kors and Tilly’s, which were recently announced.”

Famous for its signature clothing and accessories, Michael Kors will be located at Center Court. Construction is now underway on the 3,500-square-foot store, which will feature signature accessories, footwear, watches, jewelry, men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, eyewear and a full line of fragrance products. Michael Kors is scheduled to open by year’s end.

Construction has also started on the 6,500-square-foot Tilly’s, a leading specialty retailer in the action sports industry selling clothing, shoes and accessories. Tilly’s offers one of the largest assortments of brands and merchandise from the top players in the surf, skate, motocross and lifestyle apparel industries at its 211 stores in 33 states. Located adjacent to Soma Intimates, Tilly’s will also open later this year.

“The La Palmera Shopping District continues to be an economic engine for Corpus Christi,” Walters said. “The Coastal Bend is a very desirable location for many national retailers, and we are pleased to provide them with the best location available. We anticipate additional tenant announcements very soon.”

At The Shops at La Palmera, construction will soon begin on a new building to house three new tenants, yet to be announced, which will be located near Chipotle Mexican Grill on the corner of Staples Street and McArdle Road. Facade work was recently completed on the building adjacent to DSW Shoes, the current location for SAS Shoes, Sunshine Dental and Victoria’s Jewels and future location for the recently announced Salons by JC.

For more information on La Palmera and The Shops at La Palmera, go online to www.lapalmera.com, visit us on Facebook or call 361-991-3755.


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