The Northridge Fashion Center announced plans to expand and modernize the shopping center’s interior and exterior.

Changes to the shopping center, which is managed and owned by General Growth properties, will include a new modern flooring in which the existing red, grey and black tiles will be replaced with porcelain tiles.

The food court will receive new amenities such as dining counters and banquette seating as well as a re-designed ceiling. The exterior food court will be expanded and include a covered outdoor dining terrace.

Other renovations will be made to the shopping center’s existing lighting, mall entrances, and the Macy’s court, which serves as a primary area for events and gatherings.

Daniyel Gordon, general manager of the shopping center, said renovations have already commenced. The work is being done in the evenings so as not to impact shoppers’ experience at the mall.

Gordon declined to disclose the amount invested into the renovations.

General Growth as well as mall management are anticipating positive results from the “refresh,” which is planned for completion in October, Gordon said. Although the project is not tenant-driven, the company is confident “it will help us continue to attract new retailers.”

The shopping center is home to more than 170 retailers including Macy’s, H&M and Forever 21. Last year, mall management announced a Sports Authority would be added to its lists of tenants and would be setting up shop in the former Border’s space.

Angela Melero