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FIRST-IN-ILLINOIS ALTER’D STATE AND KINFORK RESTAURANT TO DEBUT AT WOODFIELD MALL AS PART OF ITS ONGOING STYLE EVOLUTION

Several popular stores to open soon following interior and exterior renovations

Woodfield Mall - A Simon MallSCHAUMBURG, Ill. (October 1, 2015) – Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Woodfield Mall, one of the largest shopping destinations in the United States with nearly 300 retail, dining and entertainment options, will welcome a market-exclusive location from Alter’d State and the new restaurant concept, Kinfork.

“Through our ongoing style evolution, Woodfield Mall has attracted the best retail and dining options that appeal to our millions of shoppers from near and far,” said David Gott, general manager at Woodfield Mall. “This is an exciting time as we near the completion of our renovation, which will further position Woodfield Mall as the Midwest’s premier retail destination.”

Alter’d State will debut its first-in-Illinois location at Woodfield Mall on the upper level near Abercrombie & Fitch. In addition to offering a wide range of boho chic goods from apparel and accessories to outerwear, home décor and gift items, the popular women’s fashion retailer will strive to inspire a movement to stand out “for good” by donating a portion of all proceeds to local and international charities and funding volunteer hours for employees.

Kinfork, the brand-new concept by Chicago-based Wine Not Hospitality, is slated to open later this fall on the lower level near JCPenney. The restaurant will offer inventive takes on classic American dishes in a warm, welcoming atmosphere, reminiscent of a rustic camping experience. The culinary team is developing a menu of elevated favorites, drawing influence from all corners of the country. Guests can expect to find an array of small and large dishes that are ideal for sharing, with an emphasis on wood-fired and house-smoked selections. Kinfork will complement Woodfield Mall’s existing dining and entertainment options, such as The Cheesecake Factory, The Improv Comedy Club, Level 257, Rainforest Café, Stir Crazy and Texas de Brazil.

“Diners, mall-goers and visitors to the area are in for a real treat when we open Kinfork’s doors at Woodfield Mall,” said Luke Johnson, owner/proprietor of Wine Not Hospitality. “We are excited by the incredible opportunity to debut our new concept at one of Illinois’s most distinguished shopping destinations.”

Other previously announced stores scheduled to open during early October include Zara and Timberland. Zara will offer on-trend apparel for men, women and children, such as outerwear, dresses, trousers, blouses, footwear, accessories and more. At Timberland, shoppers will find boots, shoes, clothes and gear that are comfortable enough to wear all day and rugged enough for all year.

Popular tenants currently undergoing interior and exterior renovations, which will generate an elevated shopping experience with greater merchandise selection, are Build-A-Bear Workshop, CD Peacock, Everything But Water, Fannie Mae, Hollister and Michael Hill. As part of these enhancement projects, Build-A-Bear Workshop will unveil its new store prototype while CD Peacock will double in size. The expansion will allow the jeweler to add an exclusive Rolex salon and a Cartier boutique, providing holiday shoppers with an impressive selection of these luxurious brands’ timepieces.

These additions will follow other new retailers, which opened earlier this year: ivivva athletica, Flight 23 at Footaction, Fly Zone at Kids Foot Locker, rue21 and the first-in-state location for SIX:02.

The store openings and renovations will coincide with the completion of the ongoing center-wide style evolution, which kicked off in January. The evolution includes a contemporary and streamlined facelift of the Grand Court and the surrounding department store wings, as well as new elevated plush seating areas and aesthetically appealing cosmetic finishes, such as new carpeting and ceramic tile. Heavy brick planters have been removed from the Grand Court and several areas on the upper level have been filled-in to create more walkable shopping space.

Once completed during early 2016, these enhancements will make it easier to navigate the various elevations of the mall with the addition of a new large capacity elevator and escalator, as well as the replacement of two existing elevators and improved interior and exterior directional signage.

For more information, visit www.shopwoodfield.com or call (847) 330-1537. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/woodfieldmall and follow us on Twitter @WoodfieldMall and on Instagram @WoodfieldMall.

An interior rendering of Woodfield Mall’s Grand Court

An interior rendering of Woodfield Mall’s Grand Court

An exterior rendering of Kinfork, the brand-new concept by Chicago-based Wine Not Hospitality restaurant group

An exterior rendering of Kinfork, the brand-new concept by Chicago-based Wine Not Hospitality restaurant group

About Woodfield Mall
Woodfield Mall, one of the largest shopping destinations in the United States, provides Chicago area residents and visitors with a distinctive collection of nearly 300 retail stores. The mega mall showcases five major anchors, including Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Nordstrom, JCPenney and Sears, plus popular stores Michael Kors, COACH, Apple, White House/Black Market, BOSS Hugo Boss, Anthropologie, Tumi, Lacoste, Arhaus, AIX Armani Exchange, lululemon athletica and Columbia Sportswear. Shoppers enjoy a delicious array of dining and entertainment options such as Texas de Brazil, The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s and Stir Crazy. Woodfield Mall, at 5 Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois, is located about 25 miles from downtown Chicago and in close proximity to O’Hare International Airport. Mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. For additional information, please contact Woodfield Mall at (847) 330-1537 or visit www.shopwoodfield.com. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/woodfieldmall and follow us on Twitter @WoodfieldMall and on Instagram @WoodfieldMall.

About Simon
Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit www.simon.com.

Media Contact:
Lauren Fyke/Michael Goodman
GPR | Goodman Public Relations
(954) 446-0800, ext. 809 / 806
lauren@goodmanpr.com
michael@goodmanpr.com

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