A youth sports academy called Funomenal Sports Academy and Training will be moving into the spaces that formerly housed Hayden Music and E.I. Angel at Valley View Mall.
The sports training center will occupy 6,472 square feet near the entrance of Sears.
Mall general manager Louise Dudley said the sports academy is new type of business for the mall.
“We’re seeing more and more of these type of uses in malls,” she said. She pointed to Lynchburg’s River Ridge Mall, also owned by CBL and Associates Properties, which has leased space to Planet Fitness, a gym.
Funomenal Sports offers soccer and basketball training, as well as fitness and stretching classes for senior citizens who walk the mall, according to the academy’s website. Owner Gavin Walters of Callaway couldn’t be reached.
The sports academy is expected to open by July.
There’s also work happening at Justice, a girls’ clothing store.
The store is undergoing a remodel to separate it from The Limited, Dudley said. Until that work is done, the store has moved upstairs beside the Verizon store, near the entrance to Macy’s.
Just a few stores down, a new men’s and women’s clothing retailer, Upstreamers, soon will move into the Dollar Plus location.
The mall also recently filed a building permit to do work in the former Abercrombie & Fitch space.
Dudley said last week that the mall is close to signing a lease with a tenant for that space. She said she would not name the retailer until the lease is signed.
Ulta, a national beauty supply chain, has been advertising on its website for managers to run a Roanoke store. A Career Builder job posting says the store will be located at the mall.
Dudley said she couldn’t comment on whether the beauty store will be opening at the mall. An Ulta spokeswoman also would not confirm a Roanoke store opening.
Lastly, mall management announced last month that Plow & Hearth, a Virginia-based retailer of home and garden products, would open this summer in the former Twist & Turns space.
The furniture and home decor store closed April 30 so the owner could focus on marketing her merchandise to commercial customers and spend more time working as a design consultant. Plow & Hearth should open in June.
Also in the column, more details on the remodel and addition happening at Chuck E. Cheese’s.