New and Expanded Offerings Coming to South Hill Mall


June 20, 2023




Joe Bell                                                                                                 Craig Wright

Director of Corporate Communications                                     Marketing Director

Cafaro Company                                                                               South Hill Mall                                                   

330-743-7688                                                                                 253-840-2828

724-730-4532 (Mobile)


New and Expanded Offerings Coming to South Hill Mall


The look of South Hill Mall continues to change, with a combination of new and familiar names.  They include Fan Zone by Hat Stop, Tea Story, General Nutrition Center, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Salud! Bar & Grill, Goldfish Swim School, New Level 360 and a larger Bath & Body Works.


The popularity of Bath & Body Works has prompted an expansion.  A renovation project added another 1,500 square feet to the existing store, creating a total of more than 4,800 square feet of retail space. Bath & Body Works is a global leader in personal care and home fragrance, including top-selling collections of fine fragrance mist, body lotion and body cream, three-wick candles, home fragrance diffusers and liquid hand soap.


Fan Zone by Hat Stop will specialize in caps, hats and other athletic apparel celebrating both professional and collegiate teams. The 5,048 square foot store will be located in the Target Concourse, next to Old Navy.  It is scheduled to open in August.


Tea Story is a refreshing break from the ordinary.  It is on track to open at the end of July between Macy’s and H&M. The 757 square foot shop will offer a tasty array of bubble teas, smoothies, milk teas and cultural snacks.


Salud! Bar & Grill will open this fall in a 7,500 square foot location next to the Olive Garden restaurant.  Salud will offer family dining along with a sports bar atmosphere.  Patrons will enjoy a delicious menu with a Tex-Mex flavor.


Also opening this fall will be the new Goldfish Swim School, located near Round 1 Entertainment.  The 8,500 square foot facility will provide indoor, year-round swim instruction to children ages 4 months through 12 years old in a family-friendly setting.  The school will feature highly trained instructors, small class sizes, a shiver-free 90- degree pool, a premier water-purification system, private changing rooms, warm showers, a snack bar and a retail shop.  Parents will be able to watch lessons from an air conditioned viewing gallery.  Lessons will begin in early fall and parents may register by visiting the website, or calling 253-356-0020.


Next door to the swim school, New Level 360 is already open, offering nearly 36,000 square feet of training space for young athletes.  Local coaches created New Level 360 with the goal of giving kids in the region a year-round opportunity to develop their skills. The facility features a full baseball infield, batting cages and complete gym for conditioning.  It offers both group and individual coaching.  For more information or to register for training, send an email to or call 253-732-3199


Homewood Suites by Hilton is an award-winning, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand, with more than 530 pet-friendly locations across the U.S., Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean.  The all-new, five-story hotel at the South Hill Mall complex is scheduled to open in 2024.  It will offer 108 inviting, generous-sized suites.  Each suite will feature separate living and sleeping areas and a fully equipped kitchen.  Additional value-driven amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi and free hot breakfast.


After a brief hiatus, General Nutrition Center is returning to South Hill Mall in October, in a 1,560 square foot location near Center Court.  Better known as GNC, it has been a favorite stop for health-conscious Americans for decades. It will feature all the products customers have come to enjoy, including nutritional supplements, vitamins, weight management formulations, beauty care and fitness accessories.


South Hill Mall, located at Highway 512 and South Meridian Street in Puyallup, Washington, has been serving the people of the South Sound area since 1988. South Hill Mall is owned and managed in association with the Cafaro family of companies, based in Niles, Ohio.  Cafaro, one of the nation’s largest privately held shopping center developers, has developed more than 30 million square feet of retail space in 14 states.  Learn more at



Huge Meadowbrook Mall Demolition Effort Underway to Set Way for New Anchor

Huge Meadowbrook Mall Demolition Effort Under Way Costing $600,000-Plus to Set Way for New Anchor by Jeff Toquinto on November 15, 2022

The process for getting Meadowbrook Mall ready for its “biggest merchant ever” is now taking a physical form.

For anyone who has been on the backside of the mall, or the portion facing Interstate 79, they may have noticed construction fencng up, construction equipment, and a giant hole in the structure that was the former home of Elder-Beerman.

According to Bridgeport Community Development Director Andrea Kerr, two permits were recently filed with the city to do the demolition. One, prior to the actual demolition was for asbestos abatement, and the second is for the actual demolition, which is taking place now. The permits were filed by Cafaro, the owner of the mall.

Kerr said Environmental Protection, which is the name of the company, is responsible for the asbestos abatement for $163,900. The demolition work is being handled by JJO Construction out of Mentor, Ohio. The work includes 11 units within the mall at a cost of $453,007.

"The most noticeable work is at the old Elder-Beerman building," said Kerr. "That will be home to Marshall's."

However, that does not mean Marshall’s is expanding into the entire store. Kerr said she believes the square footage Marshall’s will take over is roughly the same.

As for the 11 units, Kerr said they are scattered from one end to the other. Most of the units beyond the Elder-Beerman area involve the Sears building and properties around such as the soon-to-be-leaving JoANN Fabric.

“I’ve had a meeting with Cafaro recently and they provided us their plans for demolition and the new layout of what the footprint mall will look like going forward,” said Kerr. “While there were some changes and some stores have closed, other stores have decided to keep open and relocate to different portions of the mall and that speaks volumes for the future of the mall.”

Kerr said a permit for construction has not been filed for what is rumored to be Boscov’s but has not been confirmed by Cafaro. Cafaro said a formal announcement will likely come in early 2023.

“The new tenant we’re projecting will not only be a multi-million-dollar construction project, but it will be producing a strong stream of revenue in the form of dollars through B&O taxes,” said Kerr. “I can assure you that this project is definitely happening, and we’re hoping to see plans soon.”

Kerr said she said the business, which she did not disclose due to no official permit being filed for the business, could be open in the later portions of 2023.

Editor's Note: Photos show demolition taking place in the former Elder-Beerman building Monday.