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New tenants moving into Plaza Las Américas

Plaza Las Américas in Hato Rey is welcoming new tenants in coming months.

Plaza Las Américas in Hato Rey is welcoming new tenants in coming months.

The Plaza Las Américas shopping mall is ushering in several new tenants in coming months, including Zapaventura, BienLatino, a second store Starbucks and Olive Garden.

Zapaventura will open in the coming weeks, while BienLatino and Starbucks are scheduled to begin operating in August and September, respectively. In the case of Olive Garden, construction will start later this year, with an opening scheduled for the first quarter of 2017.

Zapaventura, chaired by former general manager of the Chiquitín children’s shoe store, will open in the same place that former popular chain occupied until earlier this year when it closed. It will sell the same shoe lines previously offered, mall officials said.

Bienlatino, specializing in sandwiches, soups and salads, will move into a space of more than 2,100 square feet across from Applebees, on the first level of the south corridor. The new, 1,500 square-foot Starbucks store will be located next to the Banco Santander bank branch. Olive Garden, a 7,700 square-foot restaurant, will be on the third level of the Central Atrium, across the corridor from the Tierra del Fuego Argentinian restaurant.

Last year, Plaza Las Américas completed the restoration of a massive skylight and north panoramic elevator, the facade of the La Terraza food court and the connecting corridor between La Terraza and the third level of the central atrium, where Walgreens is located.

“We’re now remodeling the elevators for La Torre de Plaza and will soon start remodeling the area in front of Banco Santander and Red Lobster,” said Rafael Ruiz-Comas, director of corporate leasing for the shopping center.

A new Red Lobster restaurant — Puerto Rico’s first — will begin construction soon, occupying some 8,000 square feet of space where the Banco Santander branch used to be, as this media outlet reported.

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