Fitness Center opens 3rd regional location at South Mall, 2 more retailers soon to join roster

South Mall is getting some excellent news because it continues to grapple with the comings and goings in Salisbury Township’s purchasing vacation spot.

SuperSets is anticipated to open April 1 on the mall, 3300 Lehigh St., proprietor Ed Frack instructed lehighvalleylive.com. This would be the third regional website for SuperSet with extra areas alongside Schoenersville Street in Hanover Township, Lehigh County; and alongside Nazareth Street in Palmer Township.

Frack, of Allentown, opened Hanover Township’s first health club in October 2019, adopted by Palmer’s location in 2021. He gained just a few extra members for these websites when PA Health Whitehall closed in March after greater than 15 years at Whitehall Mall in Whitehall Township. Frack was in a position to buy earlier PA Health memberships for SuperSets areas, he mentioned.

The brand new SuperSets are shifting right into a 19,000-square-foot house behind South Mall previously occupied by Full Circle Coaching. Frack is at present renovating the constructing. The works embody new lighting, renewed flooring and the development of latest areas.

There shall be showers and lockers, in addition to improved washroom areas, for each women and men. Visitors shall be handled to state-of-the-art exercise gear, free weights, and private coaching companies. As well as, on-site dietary companies and a well-stocked complement retailer shall be provided.

The mission of gyms, Frack mentioned, is to create an surroundings the place anybody can start a more healthy routine. The objective is then to assist members progress and succeed attributable to their particular person experiences and desires, he mentioned.

Frack mentioned he selected South Mall for his third enterprise primarily based on its proximity to Allentown.

I like Allentown and I like the potential and historical past right here, she mentioned. I wished to fill a void on this space and I like the folks on this space. So it was a simple choice.

The Ohana WonderTown Playground will open in April 2023 on the South Mall, 3300 Lehigh St., Salisbury Township. The three,200-square-foot playground is ready as much as have common, twisting sliding boards; ball pits; climbing areas; bridges; tunnel and a four-seater carousel. There may be additionally sensory gear for kids with particular wants.

New website, comparable hunt

A tenant compelled out of Retailers Sq. Mall is discovering a brand new dwelling on South Mall and a brand new youngsters’s health club is shifting in subsequent to it.

Attic Mice 2 is shifting right into a greater than 3,300 sq. foot house that beforehand occupied Uniquely Lopez Co. The family-owned furnishings and crafts retailer moved in July 2022 to the Village West purchasing middle in South Whitehall Township.

Attic Mice 2 closed shops earlier this month at Retailers Sq. Mall, 1901 S. twelfth St., in South Aspect Allentown. Retailers Sq. is getting ready for a everlasting closure by the tip of this month, in response to varied distributors.

Attic Mice 2 proprietor Tammy Gery of Allentown mentioned she has spent greater than 4 years at Retailers Sq., promoting a wide range of whozits, whatzits and objects from years passed by. She thinks new and gently used garments for all ages; Barbie toys and dolls; vinyl data, CDs and DVDs; and bigger home goods and furnishings. There’s additionally all kinds of spooky and Halloween-themed objects.

For individuals who get pleasure from a scavenger hunt for distinctive finds, Gery has plans to promote comparable merchandise on the South Mall. She is partnering with at the least a dozen space distributors, together with some new former Retailers Sq. distributors.

Attic Mice 2 is anticipated to open by April 15 on the South Mall, nevertheless it might be even sooner, Gery instructed lehighvalleylive.com.

Gery additionally teased on March 17 what could be posted on the corporate’s Fb web page. Gery invitations clients to COME DIG IN OUR ATTIC! and our store has one thing for everybody!

We are actually shifting our goodies to our new location in South Mall!!, says the posting. We hope to open quickly, preserve checking for updates!

Indoor sport

For Allentown’s Yadira Disla, she wished to create an area the place dad and mom might convey their youngsters to play throughout dangerous climate. Disla, a mom of three, lived in Washington and moved to Pennsylvania greater than a decade in the past. She attended the same facility in Washington and felt the Allentown space did not have as many indoor choices for energetic youngsters.

Disla then determined to launch its first industrial enterprise, Ohana WonderTown Playground, which may also open subsequent month on the mall. It is shifting to a two-story house between Eyebrow Threading and Attic Mice 2. The house beforehand occupied a dance studio.

Disla, a mom of three, mentioned she selected South Mall due to the accessibility of parking and ease of entry for households residing in close by Allentown.

Allentown is coming, he instructed lehighvalleylive.com. Town has lots of new folks.

The three,200-square-foot indoor playground d├ęcor will function blue-and-yellow checkerboard flooring. There shall be gear comparable to each winding and clean sliding boards; ball pits; climbing areas; bridges; tunnel and a four-seater carousel. There may be additionally sensory gear for kids with particular wants.

Disla is scheduling open sport instances and internet hosting birthday events and different occasions on the website. The house shall be geared in the direction of youthful youngsters, from new child to 7 years outdated or as much as 4 toes tall. Whereas the complete facility can maintain as much as 85 folks, Disla needs to maintain it comfortably at 35 youngsters plus adults per play session.

It will likely be a enjoyable and enjoyable place the place dad and mom can merely take a break with their youngsters, added Disla.

Day admission shall be $11 Monday by Thursday; $13 Friday by Sunday; or $44.99 for a month-to-month subscription. Siblings are discounted. The hours shall be from 11:00 to twenty:00 from Monday to Saturday; and Sunday from midday to 5pm.

Extra comings and goings

The South Mall, like so many different Lehigh Valley purchasing locations, has skilled its fair proportion of openings and closures between the coronavirus pandemic and post-pandemic.

Presently, there are a couple of dozen vacancies within the internal portion of the mall with a lot of the outer portion of the mall being leased.

Other than the departure of Uniquely Lopez Co., different not too long ago vacated tenants embody Gold Drip Jewellery, the Eleven 27 clothes retailer; and ACRAFTS items, all faraway from the mall listing. Moreover, Elays Outlet closed in September 2021; The 610 Barber Provide retailer closed in July 2022; and Charmed Rose Creations moved in early 2022 to Lansdale, Montgomery County.

More moderen tenants embody Again to the Arcade, which opened in late 2021; C&I Minerals, which opened in April 2022 within the former Elays Outlet house; and in August 2022, a second location for Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valleys ReStore moved into the house subsequent to SuperSets. Salisbury Youth Affiliation in mid-2021 additionally opened a store subsequent door to Again to the Arcade.

Dave Wagar, director of Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valleys ReStore, mentioned the South Mall website is at present extra of a warehouse and pop-up website. Its primary location is alongside Grape Road in Whitehall, throughout from the Lehigh Valley Mall. The South Mall retailer is barely open sooner or later a month, at present 10am-2pm on the second Tuesday.

Hours on the South Mall might develop sooner or later, relying on staffing, which at present includes folks from the Whitehall retailer. Wagar added that every one proceeds from each Habitat for Humanity websites go to reasonably priced housing initiatives within the Lehigh Valley.

South Mall additionally continues to have bigger gaps left over from its earlier three primary anchors. Stein Mart closed after its chapter submitting in 2020; The Bon-Ton closed after submitting for chapter in 2018; and Black Rose Antiques & Collectibles moved in January 2017 to the now-defunct Phillipsburg Mall on the border of Pohatcong and Lopatcong townships, in response to The Morning Name newspaper.

Leasing agent James Balliet instructed lehighvalleylive.com this week that there isn’t any data but on these areas. Nonetheless, Balliet had beforehand indicated plans to convey a grocery store chain into the 100,841-square-foot house that beforehand housed The Bon-Ton. Plans for the proposed grocer stay on observe for that house, in response to an internet listing map of South Mall.

The web listing map additionally exhibits that one other proposed tenant could also be named quickly for the 37,000-square-foot junior anchor house that previously housed Stein Mart.

Who’s in:

Present tenants of the South Mall and its outer mall embody:

A-1 Hibachi; Amazon locker; Return to the sport room; Financial institution of America; Tub and physique works; Blick Artwork supplies; C & I Minerals; Dinos Pizzeria; Eric J. Loch Jewellers; Eyebrow threading; Good wine and spirits; Vacation hair; Jack Williams Tire and Automobile Service Heart; Just for U Salon; Los Angeles Nails and Salon; Mattress firm; service provider creations; Oriental Remedy; petco; Ross clothes for much less; Salisbury Youth Affiliation; signature day spa; South Mercantile Mall; paper clips; starbucks; T Cellular (Dash); and Yoccos.

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Pamela Sroka-Holzmann may be reached on pholzmann@lehighvalleylive.com.