by Brian Lipton

The second and third stages of transformation of The Shops at Riverside, the luxury shopping center in Hackensack, New Jersey that houses such upscale retailers at Bloomingdale’s, Burberry and Louis Vuitton, has been announced. Renowned firm 5+design will serve as the design architect for The Shops at Riverside, which is owned by Simon Malls.

By holiday 2017, the mall will feature a cutting edge luxury design that reimagines both the interior and exterior of the property.  Interior enhancements will include stunning new floor tile throughout the center; a grand Bohemian crystal chandelier and water feature located in the court near Louis Vuitton creating an interplay of water and light; and a new ‘sculptural floating stair’ in the center court near Omega; grander retail storefronts; a new lighting package; and a louvered ceiling treatment that will illuminate the interior.

The third phase of the transformation will be a dramatic redevelopment of the south mall adjacent to Bloomingdale’s. The existing shops will be reconfigured to create a luxury loop with the”Grand Court” as its focal point where a portion of the second level will be removed to create ceilings that soar to 35 feet. This phase will also include a VIP lounge,a concierge service, and art installations.

“The result of this renovation will be an unparalleled environment of sophistication and elegance,” said David Contis, president of Simon Malls. “Our luxury expansion at King of Prussia in Philadelphia last year has been met with great acclaim from customers and retailers alike and I believe our efforts at The Shops at Riverside will exceed this high standard.”

“We are excited to see this kind of investment in one of our city’s landmarks,” said Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse. “We look forward to a continued strong and beneficial relationship with the Shops at Riverside.”