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Deerbrook Gives More Renovation Details

All stores will have outside entrances.

All stores at the renovated will have outside entrances if plans under consideration by the owners come to fruition, according to sources associated with the project.

Even before the recent closings of , sources associated with the project decided a major overhaul of the more than 40-year-old shopping center was in order.

The mall has survived the demise of a number of businesses, including Montgomery Ward, one of its original anchors.

“This will be a trophy power center,” a person associated with the project said. “It won’t be competitive with downtown Deerfield. We’re going to improve the center with functional, better space. We’re getting rid of the mall portion. Every store will have an outside entrance.”

Representatives of Deerbrook have been working with the Village as they develop their plan. in the near future.

“Staff and I have been working actively with ownership on a long term effort to reinvigorate that shopping center,” Rosenthal said at the April 16 Village Board meeting. “We expect a letter of intent detailing a strategic multi phased approach on this key property in the next few weeks.”

Sources associated with the project plan on a mix large format stores like the existing and to remain much as they are. is expected to remain an integral part of the development. “We are happy with T.J. Maxx,” the source said.

These larger enterprises will be blended with smaller operators like and restaurants such as . The outparcels like the Devon Bank will be part of the plan as well.

Carol Bergquist April 28, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I really like what was done at the Glen. Please don't give us a patched up Deerbrook it is like putting lipstick on a pig.
The Q April 28, 2012 at 05:13 PM
The glen is an excellent example of how it should be done.....a mixed use area with town homes, condos, and shops.
Bringin' Down Briarwood April 28, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Does anybody really not like the Glen? There are aspects I'm not in love with, but for the most part, it's a reasonable addition to the community. That's why this discussion seems so obvious to me. Copy the Glen with different stores and move along. Instead we're talking about Office Max, TJ Maxx and a dying Jewel. None of the "experts" whispering to reporters even mentions the place that might be the most recently successful business in Deerbrook - Noodles (also in the Glen).
David Greenberg April 30, 2012 at 04:45 AM
What personal enjoyment do I get from browsing online? In no particular order: No traffic, no parking problems, no schlepping, no dealing with weather, no flyers on my windshield when I come out, no panhandlers, no solicitors by the front doors for whatever charity is the favorite of the company, no wear/tear/gas/oil use of the car... I find what I want online, and it shows up at my door when I want it to.
Jake May 07, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Tony, we are seeking people who want to appear in an on-camera interview about people's opinion on the Deerbrook Mall. Interested in the interview?

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