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Colonie Center marquees to tout major retailers

The mall original pitched a 340-square-foot sign and wanted to list nine tenants. The board allowed the sign to be 340 square feet and list eight tenants.

A second sign that caused debate was the Regal Cinema sign to be fastened to the third-floor cinemas.

Initially the mall sough 10-foot high letters to mark the cinemas. It was agreed that the letters would be reduced by half. The sign will now be 35-by-9-feet tall and will rest 79 feet off the ground.

The remaining signs will all be directional signs around the mall, said Joe Millet, Colonie Center general manager.

The signs will be constructed and installed from October to November.

"We were very pleased with the board. They had suggestions that we took into consideration and implemented them," he said. "They understood the size and magnitude of the project."

The mall will replace the Wolf and Sand Creek road signs and refurbish the sign on Central Avenue.

As far as the rest of the mall, everything is on schedule, Millet said.

L.L. Bean will hold its grand opening on Friday, Sept. 14, and will remain open 24 hours a day until Sunday, Sept. 16. Barnes and Noble will open Tuesday, Nov. 13. P.F. Chang's is expected to open in mid-October along with Foot Locker and Aeropostale. Cosmetic company Sephora is scheduled to open in November, and Regal Cinema has planned a Wednesday, Dec. 5, opening.

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