Dillard's doubling its size at The Oaks Mall by buying Macy's soon-to-be vacant space

Dillards at The Oaks Mall in Gainesville. WGFL

Dillard's announced this week it's doubling its size at The Oaks Mall by buying new anchor space - the one soon to be vacated by Macy's.

Macy's said last week it's store at The Oaks was expected to close by March. Dillard's says it expects its new store to be open by November.

Dillard's said its current location at the mall is 90,000 square feet. Adding the second store will expand its footprint to 180,000 square feet, and serve customers with a dual-anchor format. The company says it will expand its lineup of high-profile brands specifically tailored to Gainesville customer preferences.

The store will feature the company's latest advances in store design, including open, inviting formats offering interactive shopping experiences, the company said in a statement.

“We are happy to put our best foot forward for Gainesville with dramatically expanded offerings from a beautiful new location at The Oaks Mall, Dillard's Senior Vice President Chris Johnson said in the statement. "This purchase underscores our longstanding commitment to the market which began in 1990. We look forward to many more years of high level service in Gainesville.”

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