Major Retail Expansion Underway At Mohegan Sun

Downtown District Will Feature Premium Cinema, Entertainment, and Fashion

UNCASVILLE, CT  – Mohegan Sun announced today plans for a major retail expansion at the flagship property in Uncasville, Connecticut. The exciting new retail destination – coined The Downtown District – will be 200,000 square feet of entertainment, shopping and dining. Located adjacent to the Winter Garage, construction on the new space will begin later this year and is scheduled to debut in early 2015.

“As the owners and operators of Mohegan Sun, the Tribal Council is extremely excited about bringing this new development to our reservation,” said Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe. “In tune with the original vision of Chief Ralph Sturges when he conceived of Mohegan Sun, it will continue our mission to serve as a job builder for the residents of our region, and bring social improvements to the community at large.”

The project will be developed by a partnership of The Hampshire Companies and The Bronson Companies, two real estate entities with a long history of successful place-making and unique projects.  The Hampshire Companies is a fully-integrated real estate firm and investment fund manager, with a diversified portfolio of 250+ properties in 28 states and over 23 million square feet of properties.   The Bronson Companies is a California-based development company, with a specialization in developing and redeveloping retail, entertainment, hospitality destinations.  The Company, founded by Richard D. “Skip” Bronson, has a long-time history in Connecticut, as the original co-developer of CityPlace in Hartford and numerous properties throughout New England.

“We are excited to be adding The Downtown District to Mohegan Sun here in Connecticut, as these attractions and brand names will add yet another layer to the already existing excitement and overall experience,” added Mitchell Etess, Chief Executive Officer for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. “The project is moving along nicely with financing already in place and tenant interest is strong.”

Among the project’s key features and participants:

  • Taste of New England Gourmet Hall – a pavilion of artisan food purveyors from throughout the six-state region.  This gathering spot, featuring a large barn structure, will also be home to a number of special events, including a farmer’s market, harvest festival, and other showcases and celebrations.
  • Marquee Cinemas 14-plex Premium Cinema and large-format screen -  For more than 30 years, Marquee has been welcoming visitors to the movies.  The company operates in eight states, including the Westbrook 12 cinema on Connecticut’s shoreline.  The Mohegan multiplex, at 55,000 square feet, will offer premium seating and service, as well as theaters configured for special events, private viewing and conferences.
  • Kings Bowl – Over 20,000 square feet of upscale, retro-inspired bowling and dining.  Operated by Boston-based The Lyons Group, this venue joins locations in Greater Boston; Rosemont, IL; and, Orlando, FL.
  • High Street Fashion – a spectacular promenade of retail shops that will join the tenant roster of great names, including Coach, Tiffany, Sephora, Tommy Bahama, Puma and others.  This inspiring area will also be home to the PopNShop, a store that will morph on a monthly basis, with an ever-changing environment and offering for the world’s best designers, trunk shows, product debuts and special sales.

“The Hampshire/Bronson teams are thrilled to bring this dynamic, new experience to life for Mohegan Sun and the entire region,” explained Mark Rivers, President of The Bronson Companies and a Connecticut native son.  “From farm-to-table to films, designer fashions to date night, the Downtown District will be an amenity to the resort and a daily destination for locals and visitors alike.”

About Mohegan Sun:

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in the United States.  Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com.  Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and view us on YouTube.

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