Galleria Dallas now has dueling Spanish retailers.
Barcelona-based Mango, Spain’s other high-fashion retailer with moderate prices, has landed in the North Dallas mall in the same corridor as Galicia-based Zara which has been in the U.S. for years.
Mango opened its women’s clothing and accessories store Thursday in a high-profile space on level one across from Tiffany & Co. and next to Grand Luxe in the North Dallas mall’s Nordstrom wing.
Customers of Zara may also relate to its home country competitor Mango. Both retailers operate stores all over the world, but Mango just last year started expanding into the U.S.
“Most people remember Mango from back home and we think that will make them more excited to see us here. We have 2,600 stores in 190 countries and now the U.S. is our planned focus,” said Erdwing Nieto, manager of Mango’s traveling store opening team.
In the new store’s fall mix are geometric prints, turquoise, denim, leather pants and jackets and a convertible blazer with a feature that’s not in your closet. Mango’s Selection collection jacket sleeves partially zip off to expose naked arms and then are loosely tied in front for a time-to-relax look. It’s one of the most expensive items in the store at $199.99. Only four of its stores in the U.S. are getting the jacket.
Most prices are around $59.99 and go up to $699 for premium leather jackets, but there are also $12.99 basic T-shirts in the mix. The store is divided into formal fashions for work and events and what Mango calls urban where the looks are more casual and collegiate.
The first Mango in Texas opened last month in Houston’s Memorial City Mall. Before year’s end, Houston’s Baybrook Mall and two more will open in McAllen’s La Plaza Mall and San Antonio’s La Cantera shopping center, Nieto said. Three more open next year in Frisco, the Woodlands Mall near Houston and North Star Mall in San Antonio.
Mango has leased 6,330 square feet in the Galleria and while the property went back to the lender last year, retailers and restaurants continue to see it as a relevant shopping center.
Louis Vuitton plans to move into its former space that’s being remodeled by December. That’s also when North Italia, now under construction, is expected to open.
Sometime in October, Bachendorf’s fine jeweler will move back into its expanded and remodeled space with a new Rolex shop.
Banana Republic, which just added its new furniture line to less than 20 U.S. stores, selected the Galleria store to showcase the category locally. H&M Home is coming next spring. Kittenish and Salut Paris Bakery are two more recent openings. The market’s only Cotopaxi, a Salt Lake City-based outdoor gear store, recently opened in the mall.
“There’s been a tremendous amount of leasing activity,” said Terry Montesi, CEO of Trademark Property Co. “The mall’s performance is going very well and we’re excited with the direction.”
Trademark is managing the mall that was taken over by lender MetLife last year. The 40-year-old mall is also getting some upgrades on its main entrance, where North Italia is under construction, and inside the mall.
The entrance from the attached Westin Hotel into the mall’s skating rink area was straightened and widened for better visibility, Montesi said.