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The owner of Gurnee Mills mall announced that eight new stores and restaurants are expected to open at the shopping mall this year.

Simon Property Group said in a statement last week that Gurnee Mills, the largest outlet and retail shopping center in the state, would be adding “an entire list” of new retailers.

Those include Charlotte Russe, Ebisu, Fave Pizza, Pandora, RamenYa, Round 1 Bowling & Amusement, Thai Esane and The Inspiration Co.

The new stores add to the nearly 200 outlet, value and full-line retailers already at the center.

Charlotte Russe is a mall-based specialty retailer of fashionable value-priced apparel and accessories appealing to a broad range of customers, with an emphasis on young women in their teens and 20s. They are expected to open on April 19.

Ebisu is a unique life store that offers thousands of product categories from Japan and is expected to open on May 1.

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Fave Pizza, expected to open on April 1, advertises “mouthwatering pizzas” made with the finest ingredients and bursting with flavor.

Pandora designs, manufactures and markets “hand-finished and contemporary jewelry made from high-quality materials,” according to the company. The store is expected to open on July 1.

RamenYa is a Japanese ramen restaurant expected to open on June 1.

The company says their staff have spent years researching ramen for American audiences through trial and error along with visits to Japan to understand and learn ramen dishes.

Round 1 Bowling & Amusement is a state-of-the-art entertainment company offering fun for the whole family.

The company says they offer bowling, billiards, arcade games, karaoke, darts, ping pong, a kids play zone and all-inclusive party packages for children and adults. The amusement center is set to open on August 31.

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Thai Esane, a Thai restaurant, says they offer authentic and delectable casual Thai dishes. The restaurant is expected to open on May 1.

The Inspiration Co. says they offer one-of-a-kind jewelry, gifts and apparel. The store is expected to open on June 1.