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Developers share plans for Inlet Square face-lift

Developers of Inlet Square will add an outdoor courtyard and expand the center's space by more than 100,000 square feet, according to project plans released Friday.

F+F Development announced several months ago plans to transform the mall into an open-air shopping center. The owners have now unveiled specific plans and renderings for the shopping center's renovations, which will start within 90 days.

First on the agenda is interior remodeling, including new floor and ceiling treatments, enhancements to the center court, and new seating areas.

Nate Fishkin and Charles E. Fancher Jr. of F+F Development, which bought the center in October 2005, conceded the mall has deteriorated in recent years.

But the mall holds great potential because of its location at the intersection of U.S. 17 Bypass and Kings Highway, they said.

"Many have wondered if this strategic location would ever be brought up to its potential. We are pleased to say that F+F Development acquired this property to do just that," Fishkin said.

The exterior renovations are scheduled to begin in the fall.

F+F plans to demolish the food court, create an outdoor courtyard, increase space to 550,000 square feet and add two anchors.

The 433,345-square-foot center is currently anchored by J.C. Penney, Belk, Books-A-Million, Kmart and Stein Mart. Developers have said they will add high-end stores and restaurants but have not announced any leases.