Galleria at Tyler Starts Renovation

Galleria at Tyler, the super regional mall in Riverside, Calif., owned by General Growth Properties Inc., is the midst of a $2 million renovation.

The project is scheduled to be wrapped up after October, and it will scrub out some of the design features left over from the 1970s, when the Galleria took its bow, said Christina Riojas, the Galleria’s marketing manager.

“It will make a large difference just getting rid of the teal and the neon,” she said of the mall’s teal-colored wall paint and neon signs in the Galleria’s food court, as well as old carpeting and black-and-white tiling on mall columns.

The renovation also will produce Wi-Fi throughout the center and place new furniture in common areas.

After the renovation is wrapped up, a yet-to-be-announced local artist will design a mural for the mall. The art will depict Riverside history and landmarks such as the University of California, Riverside. A delegation of at-risk youth will paint the mural.

A Macy’s, Nordstrom and JCPenney are located at the Galleria at Tyler. Recently, fashion stores 2B Bebe, Blackheart and Earthbound Trading Co. opened at the mall.