South Hills Village finally is looking like its old self.
The northern end of the shopping mall that lies in Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park had been vacant since Boscov's closed its department store there in 2008. Eventually, new tenants were announced, followed by construction that temporarily closed a parking lot and inhibited traffic flow around the mall.
In March, Target opened, and now South Hills Village is fully occupied again at its most visible vantage point.
"All you need to do is drive down Route 19 and see the energy that the development at that end of the mall has created," said Jennifer Carroll, director of marketing for the mall, which opened in 1965.
The former Boscov's space is shared by Target on the lower level and Dick's Sporting Goods above. Dick's opened in October, moving from an outparcel at the mall and more than doubling its space in the process.
"Dick's has always been a popular store, a prime destination for people," Ms. Carroll said. "We're happy to have them at that end of the mall."
Nearby is another recent addition to South Hills Village: Bonefish Grill, a free- standing restaurant that opened in January.
"This is the first Bonefish Grill in the Pittsburgh market," Ms. Carroll said of the chain based in Tampa, Fla. Representatives of the chain declined to comment.
A Vera Bradley fashion boutique opened last week on the lower level of the mall's south wing.
"It's really a very popular store that adds another burst of color to the mall," Ms. Carroll said.
Other stores are updating their appearances, including Sassy's Nail Spa, now open in its newly renovated location on the upper level, and LoveSac, an alternative furniture purveyor that will unveil a new look soon at its lower-level location.
Claire's, an accessory shop for girls and young women, will move to a new location on the upper level near Macy's later in the year.
"We definitely have a very nice array of stores right now and are very happy with the selection we're offering our customers," Ms. Carroll said. "The energy has definitely increased, and the activity is very robust."
Harry Funk, freelance writer: email@example.com.