Construction is underway on a "major facelift" of the exterior of Old Town Mall in Davenport.

The mall on East Kimberly Road has 20 tenants, including national chains such as Chuck E. Cheese, Aaron's Rents and Cosmo-Prof, and local companies like QC Rock Academy, Hi-Ho Mongolian Grill, Shield's Sewing and Hungry Hobo.

"It's going to be a true facelift of the whole mall. We're very excited," said Rick Weinstein of NAI Ruhl Commercial Co., the mall's leasing agent. "This is going to bring it into the 21st century." 

The renovations will modernize the building's facade and the standalone Batteries Plus Bulbs store.

Weinstein said the last major renovation was about 15 years ago.

Old Town Mall Properties, a Chicago investor, owns the mall. It is managed by Laurie Peters of NAI Ruhl Commercial Co. Bruce George of Charles Vincent George Architects, based in Naperville, Illinois, designed the renovations. Estes Construction is the contractor.

"The mall has always been a mix of local and national tenants, which is the nice part about the center," Weinstein said.

It opened in 1971 with a Sherwin Williams paint store as the anchor, on land formerly occupied by Platt's Landscape Nursery and Garden Center. A separate building to the far east was added in 1976 as a credit union. The battery store was built in 1994.

According to Weinstein, there are three vacancies. "We anticipate those spaces will fill before long, particularly with the new look of the center."

The mall's stores will remain open during the renovation, which is expected to be completed by Memorial Day.