LAYTON -- Layton Hills Mall is changing.
The mall recently said hello to a new store and is about to say goodbye to a longtime tenant. In the next few months the mall will gain two more stores while undergoing renovations inside and out.
"It's going to look like a different shopping center in October, that's for sure," said Layton Hills General Manager Barry Smith.
The most obvious coming addition is the new Dick's Sporting Goods store. Smith said there has been a delay in the masonry work because of the weather, but the delay was not long. The construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of August and the store should be open by the end of October.
"We're very excited to see Dick's Sporting Goods in the mall," Smith said. "It will be a great addition. They'll do a great job and provide a great store for the area."
With the addition of the new sporting goods store, Sports Authority will leave the mall in August. Sports Authority is opening a store in the Station Park development in Farmington.
"We have a good relationship with Sports Authority, and they have been a good player for many, many years," Smith said.
Smith said the mall does not have a long-term resident in line for the space left vacant by Sports Authority, but it would be ideal for short-term stores, such as a Halloween store.
The mall also recently welcomed Lily Pads & Lullabies, a shop specializing in baby clothes, strollers and accessories. And Vans, a shoe store, is under construction and should be open in July.
One existing store, Vanity, recently underwent a facelift, while another, J.C. Penney, will soon get a new look as well.
"If you haven't seen the new Vanity, you'll be impressed," Smith said. "It's a very bright store."
Renovation on the inside of J.C. Penney will start in late June and should be done in September. Smith said J.C. Penney will include a Sephora beauty store at this location.
Smith also said the mall itself will undergo some updates. The walls will soon be repainted inside, and this summer the parking lot will be repaved.
Ben Hart, Layton's economic development specialist, said seeing the mall redevelop itself shows that CBL & Associates Properties Inc. is a fantastic mall-ownership group.
"At the end of the day, Layton Hills Mall is the base for historical retail in Layton city and Northern Utah," Hart said. "This really is the hub where people come to shop."
Additionally, the parking lot will become home to new restaurants. Smith said the mall will be adding new buildings in front of Dick's Sporting Goods, and will soon announce the names of the restaurants.