Eddie V’s and Marc Cain sign leases for space at Cherry Hill Mall

CHERRY HILL — A seafood restaurant and women’s clothing chain from Germany are coming to Cherry Hill Mall, the mall owner announced.

Eddie V’s, one of several chains operated by Darden Restaurants Inc., is expected to open at the mall this fall, according to Philadelphia-based PREIT.

The clothing chain, Marc Cain, is expected to arrive in March.

The newcomers are among 20 tenants who have leased more than 50,000 square feet in the mall, which PREIT described as a “trophy asset.”

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A measure of the mall’s sales rose 27 percent last year to a record $936 per square foot, PREIT said in a statement Tuesday.

Eddie V's seafood restaurant is coming to Cherry Hill Mall in the fall.

PREIT also operates the Moorestown and Cumberland shopping centers in Vineland. It did not disclose sales figures for those sites, but previously said they were among the lower tier of the company’s 18 malls.

Eddie V’s and Marc Cain currently operate in this area at the King of Prussia Mall outside of Philadelphia.

The seafood restaurant will occupy the former site of a Grand Lux ​​cafe, which created an 8,685-square-foot vacancy when it closed last August in the mall’s restaurant row off Route 38 .

Eddie V’s has 27 restaurants in 14 states, more than half of them in Texas, California and Florida, according to its website. It has another location in New Jersey, in Paramus.

Eddie V's, a seafood restaurant, is set to occupy the former Grand Lux ​​Cafe site at Cherry Hill Mall.

Its owner, Orlando-based Darden, operates three other restaurant chains in the Cherry Hill center – Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52 and The Capital Grill. Darden’s holdings also include the Yard House pub chain, with an outlet at the PREIT center in Moorestown.

PREIT described Marc Cain as “an elite women’s ready-to-wear brand”. He said the Cherry Hill site, an 1,800 square foot store located in the mall’s central courtyard, “will be one of the few US locations” for the German retailer.

Cherry Hill Mall, also described as “a flagship” by PREIT, is a bright spot for the mall operator,

PREIT in November reported a net loss of $125.6 million for the first three quarters of 2021. This followed deficits of $286.9 million for 2020, $38.2 million in 2019 and 137, $7 million in 2018.

Jim Walsh covers public safety, economic development and other topics for the Courier-Post, the Burlington County Times and the Daily Journal.

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