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New shops, restaurants set for Westfield Brandon

BRANDON — Gourmet burgers and fashions for adults, teens and kids are among the additions coming to Westfield Brandon.

The mall's marketing director Dawn Arvidson said several shops and eateries are set to open, and others have recently moved and expanded.

One of the most recent developments is that Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, a national chain that features upscale hamburgers and fries, will open in the fall, Arvidson said. It will occupy the space in the restaurant courtyard where Ruby Tuesday used to be, across from Panera Bread and California Pizza Kitchen.

A marketing official for Red Robin declined to comment about the opening or the company, saying only that Red Robin would be opening a location somewhere in the area sometime in the future.

According to the Red Robin website, the company started in Seattle in 1969 and now has more than 450 restaurants in the United States and Canada. The menu lists a variety of burgers — including turkey and vegetarian — chicken sandwiches and fish sandwiches.

Also new at Westfield Brandon are three retail shops, all set to open in the coming months.

Pandora, which is primarily known for its charm bracelets, is set to open this spring.

The store also sells a range of distinctive and affordable jewelry, including rings, necklaces and watches. The company is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, but the Westfield Brandon location will be operated by the owners of Bond Jewelers.

Later in the spring, a shop called Crazy 8 is set to open near JCPenney. Crazy 8, which is owned by Gymboree, offers clothes from newborn to size 14.

Also coming this spring is Great Glam, shop that features affordable and trendy clothing and accessories for women.

A recent addition to Westfield Brandon is Papaya Clothing, which has contemporary fashions for women and girls in the 16-to-25 age bracket. Papaya came to the shopping center a few months ago, in the space formerly occupied by Forever 21.

Fans of Forever 21 needn't fret. Its old space is vacant because Forever 21's teen fashions are such a hit with Westfield Brandon shoppers that the shop recently expanded and moved into spacious new digs — an 11,000-square-foot space near the food court.

The mall offers free valet parking in the restaurant courtyard Fridays from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There's also live music in the courtyard Saturdays in March from 6 to 9 p.m.

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New shops, restaurants set for Westfield Brandon 03/15/12 [Last modified: Thursday, March 15, 2012 4:30am]
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