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New Target and Dick's Sporting Goods Approved for Upper St. Clair

'It's a good day' for Simon Property Group, owner of the South Hills Village Mall.

The Upper St. Clair commissioners voted in favor of a tentative approval for the renovation and expansion of the former Boscov's building at the South Hills Village Mall.

Target will occupy the building's first floor. Dick's Sporting Goods will relocate from behind the mall into the second and third floors and is expected to have a similar appearance to the Dick's Sporting Goods connected to The Mall at Robinson.

The Simon Property Group, owner of the mall, will submit its final construction plan to the planning commission and the board of commissioners in the next few months.

Scott Richardson, regional vice president of development for Simon Property Group, said construction could begin as soon as early fall and take approximately 12 to 18 months to complete. 

"It's a good night for us and for the residents of Upper St. Clair," Richardson said. 

He said Target and Dick's Sporting Goods representatives have shown great interest in redeveloping the building—which has been vacant for years—and thinks the stores will benefit the community.

Simon Property Group made revisions to its plan . Landscaping was extended along Washington Road to provide a better buffer for the neighborhood across the street from the mall. A sidewalk was also added from Washington Road into the mall development so residents could walk from Fieldgate Drive.

"This makes the interior much more walkable," said Kevin McKeegan, an attorney representing the Simon Property Group.

The commissioners approved the plan with modifications. The approval allows for fewer parking spots at the mall, due to the results of a parking study. 

Township staff and the commissioners were more concerned on Monday night about the screening of the trash compactors, loading docks and cart corrals.

Additional landscaping and screening is in the revised plan for the loading dock area, which is located on the first level on the mall. Representatives for the Simon Property Group said details will be made clear in their final plan, but they said screening is limited due to the routes the trucks must take to back into the garages.

The other concern the township staff and commissioners had was the appearance of the cart corrals. Target representatives revised their application to appease the township officials by adding permanent cart corrals instead of the aluminum, movable corrals normally found in front of Target stores. The corrals in Upper St. Clair will have curbs and bushes surrounding the structures.

Two future outparcels in the parking lot near Jared the Gallery of Jewelry are also in the approved application. Because the permanent cart corrals eliminated 16 parking spots, the future outparcels were made smaller.

"It poses a little bit of a challenge, but we will still have a lot of options," Richardson said.

When Dick's Sporting Goods moves from its current location behind South Hills Village Mall and into the former Boscov's building, Richardson said the Simon Property Group will lease the space to another tenant. He said he expects Macy's Furniture to remain in the building.

The three commissioners at Monday night's meeting—Robert Orchowski, Mark Christie and Glenn Dandoy—voted in favor of the application. Commissioner Daniel Paoly listened and participated in the meeting via phone and also voted in favor of the plan. Commissioners Russell Del Re, Preston Shimer and Mark Hamilton were excused from the meeting due to other commitments and did not vote.

Peg June 07, 2011 at 11:46 AM
ugh! The south hills can't do any better than Target?! So much for the illusion of prosperity in this area.
Danielle M. McCrerey June 07, 2011 at 05:13 PM
I totally disagree with Peg! I think this is a great addition to SHV! And at least that great building wont sit waisted & empty anymore! I hope they are prepared for the extra traffic its going to bring though! Great choice USC!!!
Stephen Altherr June 07, 2011 at 10:39 PM
'Agree with Danielle. This Target will fill a needed void. Now we don't have to truck out to Robinson to buy stuff.
Lisa June 07, 2011 at 11:55 PM
I think a Target is a wonderful addition! If you would like a higher end store I am sure the Galleria has spots!
Shannon June 08, 2011 at 01:18 PM
Hey Peg - Get your facts straight. And try to tone down the snobbiness, eh? Actually, I bet you're not even from the South Hills...probably someone from the North trying to make us look bad. A Brief History Retailers expanded stores in an effort to provide a one-stop shopping experience. salvation army store 1. image by mdb from Fotolia.com The story of Target stores has roots in the 19th century. The first Hudson department store opened in Detroit in 1881. The Dayton department store chain began in Minneapolis in 1903. Over the decades both chains prospered and eventually merged. Dayton opened the first Target discount store in Minnesota in 1962. Dayton-Hudson later bought Mervyn's department stores in 1978 and Marshall Fields, the iconic Chicago department store chain, in 1990. The Target Market By 2000 Target was the strongest chain in the company. The company changed its name to Target in recognition of its success, reflecting the growing dominance of discounters. All Dayton and Hudson stores were renamed Marshall Fields. Both Marshall Fields and Mervyn's were sold in 2004. The company concentrated on the niche discount market Target carved. Target's customers are more affluent than those of its largest competitors, Walmart and Kmart. Target made an effort to attract these consumers by offering better quality merchandise and more upscale brands. http://www.ehow.com/info_7864738_companies-owned-target.html
art June 08, 2011 at 04:07 PM
You're right Shannon. Target is right up there with Nordstroms---NOT! Are you kidding me?! Are you an employee of Target or did you just spend a day researching this? Peg is right. I have lived in this area all my life and I am appalled by the decision to put a target in that location. I think it is sad that this area can no longer support a high end chain. And snobbery? This area has a long history of wealthy and upscale living. It is the people who have moved into the area so that they can live under the illusion of being weathly that love playing at snobbery! Fact is, the south hills is no longer what it used to be.
Love USC June 08, 2011 at 04:21 PM
Art, you comment that the "people" moving into the area are playing at snobbery just proves that you are a snob. It appears to me from what you wrote that you consider yourself a cut above.
Love USC June 08, 2011 at 04:22 PM
I hate it when I make typos. Of course I meant "your comment" rather than "you comment"
Lax Mom June 08, 2011 at 05:58 PM
I was a buyer for many years and worked for BATUS when Marshall Fields was part of BATUS. I am neither for or against this, but it does give you a clue how the market research for chains of all sorts view our geographic area. As a buyer this information is what I would use to decide what lines I would carry at what store. It's not snobbery, its just business. I would not risk carrying high end lines where I may have to mark them down substantially to make a sale.
JoAnn March 09, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Art, get over yourself!
Nick May 07, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I think the addition of a Target in the South Hills Village is great! I cringe anytime we're in need of household products or larger ticket items and our only option in close proximity is to have to head over to the Walmart in Carnegie. Additionally, I consider Target and its customer base to be well above that of Walmart's.

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