NORWALK, Conn. — If you’re an Apple user, this fall you’ll be able to get “Genius Bar” support right here in Norwalk.
Apple is among the seven retailers to have applied to the Norwalk Planning and Zoning Department for a tenant fit-up in The SoNo Collection since the last time NancyOnNorwalk checked in on this process. Another new tenant is H&M, said to be one of the world’s leading fashion and design companies, the largest recent application based on square footage.
Previous inspections of P&Z applications have shown no stores on the middle level of the retail, the third floor of the four-story structure. H&M is planned to be a bi-level store, with its bottom floor on the first floor of retail and its upper floor on the mid-level. Also planned for the mid-level is Talbot’s, which is slated for a space on the other end of the concourse.
The applications on file with P&Z on Wednesday add up to 180,841 square feet. Adding that to the 302,000 square feet assigned to anchor stores Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, then 67.3% of the total 717,000 square feet is accounted for as retail. If you subtract 180,000 square feet as concourse/public realm space from the total 717,000 square feet, then 89.9% of the mall is rented out, as represented in applications to P&Z.
Apple, of course, is the wildly successful hardware and software company, offering iPhones, iPads and Mac computers. Bloomberg reported in 2015 that a tech-heavy shop like the Apple Store tends to boost a mall’s sales per square foot by 13 percent. CNBC in 2017 called Apple the nation’s top retailer, with $5,546 in sales per square foot.
The National Retail Federation’s STORES.org in 2018 had Apple as 12th in a list of 100 top retailers, behind only big box stores, supermarkets and major drug store chains.
Wednesday’s P&Z snooping resulted in this list of new tenants slated for space in The SoNo Collection:
- Apple, 8,410 Square feet gross
- Altar’d State, a woman’s clothing store, 9,391 square feet gross
- Pandora, a jewelry store, 750 square feet gross
- CAMP, a family experience store, 9,268 square feet gross
- Hollister, a Ambercrombie & Fitch brand pitched toward teens, 5,000 square feet gross
- H&M, 25,313 square feet gross
- Talbots, a women’s clothing store, 6,013 square feet gross
Now, adding the new store applications to the old, you get this list of expected mall non-anchor occupants:
- Abercrombie & Fitch
- Abercrombie Kids
- Altar’d State
- Bath & Body Works
- Barry’s Bootcamp
- J. Jill
- Kay Jeweler’s
- Made in China
- Tutti Nails
- Victoria’s Secret
- White House Black Market
- Yong Kang Street
- Yard House
- ZARA USA Inc
The mall is expected to open in October.