What’s New & What’s Coming to West Acres

If you haven’t visited us in a while, you may have missed what’s new! See what stores have opened recently, and more of what’s to come…

By: Niki | January 6, 2020

It’s no secret that it’s been busy around here! From exciting expansions of locally-owned stores to the activation of spaces for artist studios to the announcement of one of the region’s most popular restaurants coming to West Acres, there has been a lot going on! Let us introduce you to what’s new & what’s coming soon…

Aerial Art Installation (installed January, 2020)

Located in Fountain Court.

Our Fountain Court has been transformed by the talented hands of Gathered Rentals & Events! This stunning new installation consists of a variety of hanging baskets and lights. We couldn’t have dreamed of a more enchanting installation to freshen up the Fountain Court during the winter months!


Aquarium Court (remodeled November, 2019)

Located in the east side of the mall

From brand new soft seating areas, massive skylights, a bar outfitted with stools and outlets for working, custom-built furniture by Grain Designs and more, our newly remolded Aquarium Court nestles itself perfectly in the juxtaposition of both modern and cozy. Opened in junction with the grand openings of CRAVE, Aptitude, and the Nails Pro expansion, Aquarium Court’s remodel makes for a beautiful refresh of the eastern end of the mall.

Aptitude (opened November, 2019)

Located in part of the space that was formerly Sears, between Best Buy and Essentia Health. Aptitude has an entrance in the mall common area through a corridor near the Best Buy storefront.

We are thrilled to be partnering with The Arts Partnership to bring their current arts incubator, APT, to West Acres under its new iteration: Aptitude. With 20 individual studio spaces as well as a kiln room, Aptitude continues the work of APT by providing affordable studios, as well as a safe and collaborative environment for artists to work while providing an opportunity for the community to collide with artists. You can find more information about Aptitude in this blog post.

The District (CRAVE opened fall, 2019)

Located at the northeast side of the mall, taking up the remaining space (and more!) between Forever 21 and Best Buy.

The District, a curated collection of restaurants and experiences, has been one of our most exciting announcements yet! It is intentionally designed to create a clustering of restaurants and entertainment in a beautifully designed space, truly creating a destination. It will feature a collection of first-to-the-market, local and regional restaurants in a one-of-a-kind setting. You can learn more about this exciting addition here.

CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar was the first restaurant that joined The District!

CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar (opened October, 2019)

Located at the northeast side of the mall

Our most delicious addition yet, CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar serves up appetizers, entrees, desserts, cocktails and so much more. Between the fresh sushi, the award-winning wine list, and the extensive allergy-friendly menu options, CRAVE is a culinary destination unlike any other in the region, and we are thrilled to have them as part of the West Acres family since fall of 2019.

Haven’t had a chance to try out CRAVE for yourself? Take a peek at their menu here.

Nails Pro (expansion opened October, 2019)

Located in Aquarium Court.

Nails Pro completely remodeled and expanded their salon in fall of 2019, allowing them to provide their services to even more customers in a beautifully updated space.

Expansion: Stride Rite (opened August, 2019)

Located near Buffalo Court.

Stride Rite, a locally owned and operated store specializing in children’s shoes, opened an expansion to their store in August, growing both their space and selection of merchandise. In addition to carrying even more shoes, they now also carry merchandise like winter coats, toys, blankets, and even some adult-size shoes.

Expansion: Halberstadt’s (opened July, 2019)

Located in Fountain Court. 

Halberstadt’s has expanded for the second time! Halberstadt’s not only is the definition of great customer service, they also have an amazing selection of menswear ranging from suits and formalwear to everyday jeans and shirts. Nearly 12,000 square feet means the Halberstadt’s team has been able to have even more opportunities to knock their customer’s socks off with their service and great products!

CJ Banks (opened June, 2019)

Located in the JCPenney wing, next door to Christopher & Banks.

Christopher & Banks’ two-store shopping experience is back, with CJ Banks reopening right next door! Customers can now shop extended offerings of styles and sizes.

Minn Dak Market (opened May, 2019)

Located in the JCPenney wing, in the former Beauteous Activewear space.

Carrying strictly locally and regionally-made goods, Minn Dak Market is a destination for shoppers looking to support regional artisans and makers! You can find food, treats, art, books, home decor, and so much more – with new products being brought in weekly.

Apricot Lane (relocated & remodeled space opened March, 2019)

Located in the JCPenney wing.

This locally-owned women’s boutique moved just 3 doors down from their previous space. In their new store, they offer a wide selection of casual wear, dresses, denim, shoes, accessories and more!

Real Good Bath & Body (opened March, 2019)

Located in a hallway kiosk between Gap and Dry Goods.

You may remember Real Good Bath & Body from their holiday pop-up space, but now you can shop their locally-made bath and body products year round! Find bath bombs, bath salts, soaps, lotions, and so much more – all made with good-for-you ingredients. And the best part? With every purchase, Real Good Bath & Body donates part of the proceeds to worthy causes.

Ice Point (opened March, 2019)

Located in the Food Court.

Locally owned and operated, Ice Point is now serving up Thai style hibachi ice cream, bubble tea, fruit tea, smoothies, and more!

Best Buy (opened June, 2018)

Located in Aquarium Court, in the former Sears space. 

A new state-of-the-art Best Buy is on its way! Featuring an all new design and exceptional service and experiences, we’re excited to have them within the mall’s halls!

Legacy Sweets (opened June, 2018)

Located near Center Court, next to Coolbird Creamery. 

Legacy Sweets, from the same owners as Legacy Toys, features bulk candy, snacks, retro sodas and candy themed items. If you’re familiar with Legacy Toys, you know that they focus on the experience, and we know that they’ll do the same with Legacy Sweets.

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram to be the first to hear about more exciting updates and announcements in the coming months!


I have the privilege of being on the amazing Marketing, PR and Fashion team as the Digital Marketing Manager at West Acres. When I am not managing our social and digital platforms and brainstorming content ideas, I am the woman behind (and sometimes in front of) the camera – creating content and working with the media to create segments to introduce the latest trends! When I’m not at the mall, you can find me watching “Friends,” eating ice cream by the carton, spending time with my family and friends, feeding my Pinterest addiction or crossing off destinations on my traveling bucket list.




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