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SPEAK OUT: What Stores Would You Like To See At Lakeforest Mall?

The mall recently asked its nearly 5,600 Facebook followers what stores they would like to see new owners Five Mile Capital Partners bring to the facility.

Anticipation grew for revitalization of Lakeforest Mall when it was purchased in early September of last year, and within the last week, the mall has sought input from its shoppers on future retailers.

On Thursday, Jan. 24, Lakeforest Mall asked its approximately 5,600 Facebook followers a simple question: "What new stores would YOU like to see at Lakeforest?"

The thread had received more than 80 comments as of Monday morning, with many shared opinions for the mall's future.

Lakeforest Mall planned to remove the thread from its Facebook page Tuesday morning. "The feedback is very much appreciated and we'll be forwarding the information to the new owners," Lakeforest spokeswoman Susan Davis said.

The two most popular retail stores for the future among the mall's followers were Old Navy (14 votes) and Apple (11 votes). The most popular dining destination suggested to the mall was Chipotle (7 votes).

Other repeated suggestions included Urban Outfitters, Build-A-Bear, TJ Maxx and a new movie theater.

Another commenter declined to share specific ideas for future retail stores or restaurants, but instead suggested looking at the Wheaton Mall's upgrades for ideas.

SPEAK OUT: What new stores would you like to see at Lakeforest Mall? Are there any stores there now that you'd like to stay? Others that you'd like to go? Tell us in the comments!

Editor's Note: This article was updated at 11:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, to note that the mall had closed the Facebook thread and include comment from its spokeswoman.

megan February 02, 2013 at 03:00 PM
I'd like to see the fountains turned on again. Maybe long john silvers can come back as well!
Patsy Dennis February 03, 2013 at 04:23 PM
I would like to see an upscale lord n Taylor like the one at white flint. Lake forest's lord n Taylor does not have the same things as white flint. I wish the petite department had the huge petite dept. that white flint has and also a first class Taylor to alter my clothes, if I need it. I used to spend a lot $ at lord n Taylor in lake forest, but now I go to white flint. Also, I'm afraid to go to Lake Forest after dark. Even when I go during the day, I carry pepper spray when walking back to my car. Also, there r too many junky stores there. We lost many of my favorite stores in the last few years. A couple of upscale restaurants would be nice.
Irina Rad February 05, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Don't like this mall...H&M is there :)
Char March 28, 2013 at 06:50 PM
What really needs to happen to Lakeforest is the same thing that needed to happen with and has finally taken place regarding Laurel Mall-tear it down and make it a Town Center. Inside Malls are not what they used to be, people barely go there anymore and with a Town Center-along with a permanent Substation for Law Enforcement security could possibly be improved because of the surveillance and response time of an incident occurrance. It will also make the area walkable and accessible to stores on a street/ground level-instead of having to park your car, go into the facility and travel multiple flights in order to get to your desired location. Also, I'm regards to TJMaxx, I am a shopper and would prefer that over the hot mess known a Ross-At ast TJMmaxx/Marshalls keep their facilities clean, uncluttered and organized, where as with Ross you can barely walk through the isles due to stuff being everywhere in disarray.
Char March 28, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Meant to say at least regarding the comment I've posted above about TJMaxx. Typing way too fast .

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