WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The Westchester in White Plains, one of Westchester County's premier shopping destinations, has named Steven Sayers as its new general manager to oversee operations.
Sayers comes to Westchester from Brea, Calif., where he was general manager of the Brea Mall, a super-regional shopping center in Orange County, Calif., that recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation.
Sayers attended college in New York. “I am thrilled to return to the New York area and to be leading our team at a time when The Westchester has recently undergone a total transformation,’’ he said. “With the opening in April of Savor Westchester, our new dining destination, the transformation will be complete and The Westchester will have the most ambitious redesign of any mall in the region. I am very proud to be taking the helm during this exciting time.’’
Robert T. Guerra, regional vice president of Simon Property Group, said that Sayers’ experience with the renovation at Brea Mall will be a tremendous asset to The Westchester as it completes its transformation.
“Steven brings energy and highly relevant experience to us at The Westchester,’’ said Guerra. “We are most fortunate to have someone who understands today’s retail environment and who has recently been through a major renovation at his previous property. “
Sayers joined Simon Property Group in 2010 as the assistant mall manager at Knoxville Center and West Town Mall in Knoxville, Tenn. In 2011, he joined the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, Calif. where he was involved in planning a major redevelopment of the property.
Sayers moved to Paddock Mall in Ocala, Fla. in 2012 to lead the newly renovated asset and management team through a period of transition. The following year, he was promoted to Square One Mall near Boston.
He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.
The Westchester in downtown White Plains has recently completed a multimillion-dollar enhancement with modernized elevators and lobbies; new facades at major mall entrances; new landscaping and store flooring with grey and beige Italian limestone tile; new carpeting, as well as soft seating areas with complimentary charging stations.
In December, it opened two entertainment areas, PLAY, a 2,300-square-foot interactive, educational play area, and CONNECT, a technology lounge featuring nine flat screen televisions, complimentary iPad and phone charging stations.
“We look forward to having a fresh perspective as we begin this new chapter,” said Paula Kelliher, director of marketing for The Westchester.
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