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Shops at Riverwoods in talks with indoor entertainment center

(Daily Herald) After nearly three years of being vacant, the 50,000 square-foot space that was formerly home to Copeland Sports at the Shops at Riverwoods in Provo may finally be getting a new tenant -- an indoor entertainment center, a mall executive said Thursday.

Blaine Knight, manager of Tigriswoods LLC, a local investment group that acquired the Provo lifestyle center for $15 million in October and took it out of receivership, said its new owners are also in talks with a pizza restaurant to replace Magleby's Grill after it leaves on Jan. 30 to open in Springville.

One other restaurant, Lemon Grove, a French-style bistro and bakery, is considering taking the space vacated by apparel retailer Ann Taylor. If negotiations are successful, both restaurants are expected to open by early summer this year.

Knight declined to specify the names of the proposed indoor entertainment center and pizza restaurant, saying talks are in preliminary stages.

But he believes the indoor entertainment center should help make the mall more of a destination point. "We're not planning to turn all of the mall's available retail space into restaurants. We want to maintain a good balance between retail and restaurants, and the indoor center will be a draw for both, and should also bring in more families with discretionary income," he said.

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