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Renovation planned for Sioux Falls' Empire Mall

Shown here is an artist's depiction of the Empire Mall's new exterior. (Submitted graphic)

SIOUX FALLS -- Simon Property Group Inc. announced Tuesday that The Empire Mall in Sioux Falls will be renovated beginning in February.

The renovation will include new interior and exterior features such as additional seating, updated restrooms, redesigned mall entrances, landscaping, flooring, ceilings and lighting.

"The Sioux Falls trade area has experienced tremendous growth in recent years," General Manager Dennis Gilliam said in a news release. "Through this renovation, we intend to examine a myriad of ways through which The Empire Mall can better serve the needs of our customers, whether they are here to shop, dine, be entertained, or enjoy a welcoming and comfortable environment."

Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether praised the project.

"This substantial investment solidifies Simon's commitment to the city's ongoing economic development, and we're excited to see the changes unfold," Huether said in the news release.

The mall will continue to be open during construction, with work performed to minimize shopper inconvenience. Construction is scheduled to be completed by November 2013.

The 1.2 million square-foot mall opened in 1975.

Simon Property Group Inc. bills itself as the largest real estate company in the world. The company owns or has an interest in 332 retail real estate properties in North America and Asia comprising 241 million square feet. The company is headquartered in Indianapolis.