What changes are coming to the Acadiana Mall?

Expansions, relocations, remodelings, closings and openings are keeping the Acadiana shopping hub abuzz with construction.

Mallgoers looking for new lingerie options will have 12,000 square feet more to chose from with the expansion of Victoria’s Secret. The addition will make room for the brand’s PINK concept store.

“Their success at the mall prompted the expansion,” Mall of Acadiana Marketing Director Jamie Stelly said.

The official opening date for the store is unknown, as construction is in its early stages. Until the expansion is complete, the store is located near Talbot’s by the Mall of Acadiana entrance.

Officials with the mall announced earlier this month the addition of Altar’d State to its collection of retailers. Altar’d State, a women’s fashion boutique located near Dillard’s, opened its doors in the space between New York & Company and Victoria’s Secret June 2.

“Bringing in and or expanding retailers allows us to enhance the offerings of our center,” said Acadiana Mall General Manager Bryan LeBlanc. “The bright, refined look of Altar’d State complements the overall atmosphere achieved through the mall’s renovation.”

According to Altar’d State’s website, the company has donated more than $1,100,000 to various charities around the world. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, the company operates roughly 60 boutiques nationally.

The Christian-based company operates two other stores in Louisiana: Shreveport and Baton Rouge.

Every Altar’d State store is required to sponsor children in high-risk areas of Peru. The sponsorship provides these children with nutritional, educational and psychological support, the website says. The company also funds employee volunteer hours to help out in the community.

Other developments to be completed within the coming months, Stelly said, include relocating Icing and remodeling Claire’s.

On May 24, the GameStop overlooking the mall’s Center Court closed its doors.

The reason, Stelly said, was that the outlet chose not to renew their lease on the space.

GameStop could not be reached for comment.

As for what could replace it, Stelly said that’s up to the independent real estate agency that handles the selling of the mall’s spaces.

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