Regency Square has been under new ownership since February, and the owners have been mulling what might be the best way to update the image of the 40-year-old mall in Western Henrico County.

With the holiday shopping season approaching, the first changes are underway.

For starters, the mall has commissioned local mural artists Hamilton Glass and Matt Lively to work with students at nearby Douglas S. Freeman High School to create some big art for the mall.

Glass and Lively will enlist the help of 200 students — freshmen to seniors — along with the art faculty at Freeman to create a mural 12 feet tall and more than 47 feet long. The students will be painting canvas segments, each about 4 feet by 3.5 feet.

When the segments are assembled, they will form images of the Richmond area based on photos.

“By creating this mural, students will understand that everyone’s participation is vital in creating unity within a community,” said Taylor Baker-Neal, leader of the Freeman art department.

The mural will sit on the mall’s floor near the JCPenney store.

Regency also is bringing in more than a dozen pop-up stores for the holiday season. Some of them are already on site; all will be in place by the Friday after Thanksgiving. Several of the merchants will be in a mall environment for the first time.

Among the pop-ups: LaDiff, Fido Park Avenue, CaryTown Teas, Walkabout Outfitters.

Regency Square, at 1420 N. Parham Road, has about 820,000 square feet and sits on about 50 acres. Besides JCPenney, the mall’s other anchor tenants are Sears and a pair of Macy’s stores.