ROSEVILLE, CA - The Westfield Roseville Galleria celebrates reopening Thursday of a section shuttered last fall when an arsonist set fire to the mall, causing more than $50 million in damage.
At 10 a.m., another 15 stores and restaurants open for business along the Macy's (east side of the mall ) wing. They're in a section of the mall burned when Alexander Piggee set fire to the Game Stop last Oct. 21. Piggee has since been convicted and sent to prison on state and federal crimes.
Some stores, such as Macys, reopened within weeks of the fire.
The first 1,500 people in line Thursday were to receive a free totebag with discount offers and promotions commemorating the reopening. Westfield Galleria spokeswoman Stephanie Ringey said 100 of those early shoppers will also find a $50 gift card in their bags.
"We want people to come and check us out and see what we have done," General Manager Gavin Farnam said. "I think it is even better."