Provo, Utah - Provo Towne Centre, an 800,000 sq. ft. project of Salt Lake City-based JP Realty Inc., opened late last month in Provo. Dillard's, which celebrated its opening in August, joins JCPenney and Sears as anchors in the center, which also features approximately 80 specialty shops. In addition, a 16-screen Cinemark USA theater is scheduled to open in summer 1999.

South Miami - The Shops at Sunset Place, a 519,000 sq. ft. retail/entertainment concept in South Miami, is scheduled to open Dec. 4. The complex integrates the elements of a shopping mall, multiplex cinema, theme park, dining/nightlife hot spot and town center. Tenants, many of which are making their south Florida debut, include NikeTown, GameWorks, FAO Schwarz/FAO Schweetz, Virgin Megastore, Z Gallerie, AMC Theatre, IMAX Theater and Barnes & Noble Superstore. Some of the themed restaurants include The Country Store, China Grill Cafe, Coco Pazza and Swampy's Wilderness Grill. The center also features 200,000 sq. ft. of specialty retailers and restaurants.

Taking the retail concept one step further will be the design and special effects. Externally, the three-level, open-air center will appear as an urban streetscape. Inside, the retail, restaurant and entertainment venues will be connected by bridges and walkways and feature fountains and reflecting pools. High-tech lighting as well as sound and special effects systems will be installed for live concerts and regularly scheduled fountain and laser light shows.

The project is a development of Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group and Miami-based Comras Co. The architects are Miami-based Wolfberg, Alvarez and Partners and New York-based Ehrenkrantz & Eckstut, with theme park features and special effects by Miami-based McBride and Co.