Sea animals won't be the only creatures occupying Ridgmar Mall's upcoming aquarium.
SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium, a 27,000 square-foot aquarium set to open at Ridgmar Mall in late 2017, will allow visitors to feed toucans and "take selfies with the snakes," according to a news release. Visitors will also be able to view more than 300 species and 1,500 animals from around the world, including stingrays, sharks and caimans.
“We have many ideas for Ridgmar Mall, and we are proceeding with a number of plans and considering many options,” said Garo Kholamian, president of GK Development, the Illinois-based real estate firm developing the space. “SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium is family-friendly fun for all ages and will help create the ultimate experience for the mall’s customers. With each new tenant and concept, we hope to add exciting and diverse options to the property, making it a retail attraction for the region.”
The aquarium is part of Ridgmar's overall plan to redevelop the mall's mixed-use center. Last year, Fort Worth's first H&M opened in a 20,693 square-foot space, and earlier this year, renovations began on Neiman Marcus' 120,000 square-foot building. The mall is also planning future phases of development that include additional retail, entertainment and dining options.