Dillard's to open in former Younkers space at Empire Mall

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - A major department store is planning to open in the former Younkers space in The Empire Mall next year.

The mall announced Monday that Dillard's will bring its first store to the Upper Midwest in late fall of 2019.

“We are incredibly excited over the news that Dillard’s has chosen The Empire Mall for its first location in the Upper Midwest,” Dan Gies, mall manager at The Empire Mall, said in a press release. “We continue to evolve by offering our visitors more market-exclusive and must-have brands than any mall in the region.”

Construction is set to begin early next year. The 100,000-square-foot space will expand an additional 40,000 square-feet.

Younkers closed in August after parent company Bon-Ton filed for bankruptcy in February.