Mandalay Bay eyes retail venue

LAS VEGAS -- Mandalay Bay, already in the midst of expanding its convention center by 1.8 million square feet and adding a 1,150-suite hotel tower, is planning to bring a new shopping venue to the southern part of the Strip.

Mandalay Place, to be constructed as a skybridge connecting the casino levels of Mandalay Bay and the Luxor, will serve as home to 33 high-end stores and restaurants.

Luxury retailers Louis Vuitton and Fendi already have signed letters of intent to open locations in the center, which is projected to be completed in the fall of 2003.

Mandalay Bay officials said Mandalay Place will be the first retail center directly attached to two major casinos.

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