A downtown Rochester shopping mall is tapping into its past as it looks to the future.
The first two floors of retail stores in the University Square complex at 111 S. Broadway will soon be re-named as Galleria at University Square instead of Shops at University Square.
“We’re bringing back the name Galleria for the retailers. We think it gives the retailer a little more of an identity,” explained Titan Developments and Investments President Mark Steege. “Of course, a lot of the locals still called it the Galleria anyway.”
In honor of the University of Minnesota Rochester moving into the two top floors, Rochester developer Gus Chafoulias re-christened the mall as University Square in 2007. That replaced the previous name of Centerplace Galleria Mall, which it sported when Chafoulias opened it in 1989.
While the floors housing a mix of more than 20 local and national shops as well as eateries are returning to the Galleria name, the overall building will retail the moniker of University Square.
“We love the vitality that UMR has brought to downtown,” said Steege.
Signage with the new name should begin appearing this week along Broadway and in the skyways.
This change comes as many of the businesses are preparing to re-open with limitations for customers, after being closed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I feel the retailers are very prepared. Our cleaning people are very attentive about cleaning high touch areas like the escalator handrails, elevator buttons and the bathrooms,” he said. “We want it to be safe and welcoming.”
It looks like a major new restaurant project is cooking at another of Rochester’s shopping centers.
Details are sparse at this point, but construction could kick off soon.
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.Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street. Send tips to email@example.com or via Twitter to @whereskiger. You can call him at 507-285-7798.