Scottsdale, Ariz. - Kierland Commons, a 450,000 sq. ft. development in Scottsdale, has landed Chicago-based Crate & Barrel following an agreement to reconfigure a primary building that will allow the retailer to present its newest store and product layout.

The two-level, 36,000 sq. ft. store will mark the entrance to the development, which also features tenants such as Anthropologie, Artafax, Briggs & Riley, Lucky Brand, Restoration Hardware, Smith & Hawken and Z Gallerie. Crate & Barrel and several other stores are expected to open in late summer with the center's grand opening planned for October.

Kierland Commons is a development of Woodbine Southwest Corp., a subsidiary of Dallas-based Woodbine Development Corp., and locally based Herberger Interests.

Niles, Ill. - National grocery chain Cub Foods recently opened a store at Pointe Plaza, a new 335,000 sq. ft. shopping center in Niles. The 58,000 sq. ft. location represents a new concept for the retailer.

In a bid to shed its warehouse image, Cub Foods is building stores that offer full-service grocery store conveniences with more freshly prepared food and improved services.

Cub Foods joins Wal-Mart, Babies 'R' Us, Office Depot, Starbucks, Bennigan's, Wolf Camera, Dress Barn, The Bedding Experts, Great China Buffet and Superstand in the center, which is owned by Highland Park, Ill.-based Tucker Development Corp.

Exton, Pa. - A new look was unveiled in May at Exton Square in Exton after a $130 million expansion and renovation project. Three new department stores, 80 new specialty stores and a new food court were added, more than doubling the size of the mall from 435,000 sq. ft. to 980,000 sq. ft.

The renovation added new store space atop the original one-level section of the center and a ceiling of skylights. Other work involved more parking spaces, two new entrances and remodeled public facilities. The center is owned by Exton Square Inc., an affiliate of The Rouse Co., Columbia, Md.