Robinsons-May, Dillard's coming?

June 19, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ

Staff Writer

Indications are that Robinsons-May and Dillard's department stores might be two of the anchor stores headed for El Centro's 800,000 square-foot Imperial Valley Mall in the southeast part of the city.

Buddy Herring of Dallas-based M.G. Herring Group Inc. would not confirm the rumor but said it takes a long time to go through all of the required paperwork to bring any store to a mall.

He said the mall is on schedule.

"We're making good progress. Everything is working," Herring said Tuesday. "We're still looking for construction in November and looking to open March 2004."


Stores that have confirmed they will move to the new site include JCPenney Co. Inc. and Sears Roebuck and Co.

Mayor Larry Grogan said he had not heard about Robinsons-May or Dillard's but said as far as he knew, the developers likely would contact every department store in the world to see if they might be interested.

Robinsons-May,, carries such merchandise as toys, electronics, kitchenware, clothing, bed and bath items and luggage among other items. The nearest stores are in El Cajon and Palm Desert.

Dillard's,, carries similar merchandise and furniture.

Confirmation from Dillard's or Robinsons-May could not be obtained.

Cathy Kennerson, chief executive officer of the El Centro Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, said the two stores have signed letters of intent, but the moves are not assured.

Councilman Jack Terrazas said he'd seen plans of the mall that included Robinsons-May and Dillard's, and that he thought Marshalls and Target were also listed. He also said the shopping center's name is to be Imperial Valley Mall.

The mall will be built on 160 acres east of Dogwood Road and south of Danenberg Road. It is expected to have 10 movie screens, a food court, a children's play area, and space for other retail stores, restaurants, hotels and offices.

>> Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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