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Santa Fe Place celebrates “new look” on Saturday

A gas fireplace serves as the centerpiece of Santa Fe Place's "new look." (Jackie Jadrnak/Journal)

A gas fireplace serves as the centerpiece of Santa Fe Place’s “new look.” (Jackie Jadrnak/Journal)

SANTA FE, N.M. — Remember back in 2011, when Trademark Property Co. announced a $40 million renovation of Santa Fe Place mall, in which it would become a city center, both edgy and warm, perhaps fashioned on Barcelona’s famous boulevard, Las Ramblas?

Since then, another management company has taken over, and it’s celebrating a “new look” for the mall with an open house 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, with refreshments, giveaways, face-painting, prizes and more.

But it’s more of a cosmetic patch-up than a transformation. Current management company Spinoso Real Estate Group said it provided “new seating and gathering places throughout the center.” A center court with a fireplace, decorated recently with fall/Halloween type themes, and seating area topped by skylights is the major change. And a “Connection Lounge” outside Dillard’s offers electrical outlets, charging stations, counters and free Wi-Fi.

And you’ll see a lot of orange paint and stone.

The merry-go-round remains in Santa Fe Place's Food Court. (Jackie  Jadrnak/Journal)

The merry-go-round remains in Santa Fe Place’s Food Court. (Jackie Jadrnak/Journal)

But what you won’t see, if a recent walk-through is any sign, is much shake-up in the type of stores. It seems that’s the bottom line in attracting customers.

The good news: The Food Court’s merry-go-round is still in place.