Hot Mama, a boutique specializing in clothing for mothers, announced Monday that it would be the latest fashion retailer to open a store in The Mall at Lexington Green, which is remaking itself as an upscale fashion center.
Based in Edina, Minn., Hot Mama, which has 30 stores in 11 states, including three in Cincinnati, expects to open its Lexington store in the spring. It becomes the third new retailer, after Anthropologie and Ann Taylor Loft, to sign on with the shopping center near Nicholasville and New Circle roads.
Hot Mama will take some of the space vacated by Willis Music, which moved to Tiverton Way, with the remainder of that space to be occupied by Ann Taylor Loft. The rest of Hot Mama will be inside what is now the Tempur-Pedic Store featuring Healthy Back products. In the next couple of months, the Tempur-Pedic store will move inside near the entrance to Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
"We're moving walls around a lot," said Doris Benson, president of Langley Properties and a partner in Lexington Green. "We've got a lot going on. We're really happy."
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Benson said she expects to add three to five more fashion retailers.
The announcement followed a series of upgrades to the shopping center, including installation of two fountains, new irrigation systems linked to the lake in the rear, and sidewalks replaced with brick pavers and colored concrete.
The redevelopment of the center has been in the works for more than two years and was linked to a consultant's study suggesting it focus on fashion tenants, Benson said.
Joseph-Beth Booksellers also has conducted a makeover that includes concentrating all children's operations on the lower lakeside level.