MISSOULA, Mont. - Southgate Mall will open three new stores before the end of the year.
So far in 2013 the Missoula mall has welcomed nine new stores with three more on the way.
Mall manager Tim Winger said shoe retailer Famous Footwear will open next month. Women's clothing store Bohme and Apple licensee store, Simply Mac are also scheduled to open before Black Friday.
"Well what's exciting for us is when people are visiting the mall, even if they're from Missoula, they're like wow this place has changed in the past six months, nine months because of all the new stores that have opened," Winger said.
Winger said it's the first time in quite a while the Southgate Mall will be 100 percent leased, and just in time for what he predicts to be a busy holiday season. There are just three weekends between Black Friday and Christmas this year.
Winger said some stores will be up for renewals near the first of the year, he hopes to either renew or replace stores at that point.
Also in 2014 a Cost Plus World Market, an import home store, will open in the former Ashley Furniture building next to Bed Bath and Beyond.