McALLEN -- La Plaza Mall has announced that several new stores will be opening in the mall, including Steve Madden, GUESS Accessories, Francesca's Collections, Crazy 8, Papaya and Shoe Palace.

"We're very excited about adding these popular retailers to our diverse retail mix at La Plaza Mall," said Isabel Rodriguez-Vera, area director of marketing. "La Plaza Mall is always looking for retailers that will enhance our customers' shopping experience."

Now Open for Business:

GUESS Accessories kiosk is an interactive retail offering that carries purses, wallets, watches and many other GUESS accessories. It is located across from Banana Republic.
Francesca's Collections specializes in the most fashion-forward styles in women's clothing, accessories and gifts. Their stores are constantly filled with new treasures and their style is always one step ahead of the trend. Each Francesca's boutique has its own charm which means you're sure to find something special and unique at each one! Francesca's 1280-square-foot store is located across from abercrombie. For more information, visit Crazy 8 is the newest addition to The Gymboree Corporation's family of brands and offers fashionable outfits at "crazy low prices" for girls and boys sizes 0 to 14. The store offers current fashion trends in age-appropriate styles that are both wearable and washable. The 2192-square-foot store is located across from Abercrombie near The Disney Store. For more information, visit Also joining the mix, Papaya, located near JCPenney, provides shoppers with a contemporary, upscale shopping environment for costumers in the sixteen to twenty-five age bracket. The 5905-square-foot store carries the latest fashion direct from the manufacturer. Papaya Clothing is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cornerstone Apparel, Inc. Cornerstone's experience in the retail fashion industry is derived from over 25 years in operating retail clothing business. For more information, visit

Slated to Open May 2011:

Steve Madden will make its home at La Plaza Mall across from The Disney Store. The 1830-square-foot store will offer visitors fashion-forward footwear and accessories for women, men and children. For more information, visit Shoe Palace has an outstanding reputation as a leader of great service, high quality and large selection in both comfort and style in some of the finest footwear available. The 3200-square-foot store will boast a wide selection of footwear in dress, athletic, sport and casual for all ages and genders. Shoe Palace will be located between New York & Co. and Payless ShoeSource. For more information, visit


La Plaza Mall is the leading shopping, dining and entertainment destination for the entire Rio Grande Valley. It is anchored by Dillard's, Macy's, Macy's Home & Children's Store, JCPenney, Joe Brand and Sears. La Plaza Mall serves the city of McAllen and surrounding communities in the Rio Grande Valley, as well as many border and interior cities in Mexico.