Arundel Mills

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Arundel Mills Mall
Arundel Mills.jpg
Location 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, Maryland, United States
Opening date 2000
Developer The Mills Corporation
Management Simon Property Group
Owner Simon Property Group
No. of stores and services 225
No. of anchor tenants 17
Total retail floor area 1,300,000 sq ft (120,000 m2)
No. of floors 1
Website www.arundelmills.com
Oblique air photo of Arundel Mills Mall, Jan. 2009, prior to casino construction
The Coca-Cola Entry 2
The Rowhouse Entry No. 1 at night
Cinemark Egyptian 24 Megaplex Theaters main entry

Arundel Mills is a mall located in Hanover, Maryland (south of Baltimore, near BWI Airport) and is owned by Simon Property Group. With its 1,300,000 sq ft (120,000 m2) GLA, it was the largest mall in Maryland, until the Westfield Annapolis Mall surpassed it with its 2007 expansion. The mall is located at the intersection of Maryland Route 100 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Maryland Route 295) in northwestern Anne Arundel County (hence the name "Arundel" Mills).

Arundel Mills opened in November 2000. It is the first enclosed mall to feature a Medieval Times dinner theater.[1] In addition to 17 large anchor stores, Arundel Mills also features a Dave & Buster's and an Egyptian-themed 24-screen megaplex theater. The movie theater was the only outlet of its Muvico chain in the state of Maryland before being sold to Cinemark in March 2009.[2]

The mall's interior layout features a "racetrack" design or, more noticeably, the outline of a boat. Mall sponsors are Toyota, The Baltimore Sun, Comcast, Discover Card, and Coca-Cola. Arundel Mills has over 225 stores.[3]

Mall neighborhoods[edit]

Arundel Mills has 5 distinct neighborhoods with anchors and at least one mall entry. The Neighborhoods are designed after Maryland's culture.

  • Charm City Neighborhood 1 – with the Rowhouse entry (2 top pictures), sponsored by Toyota.
  • Maryland Scenic Drive Neighborhood 2 – with the Coca-Cola bottle entry leading into the Roundhouse (train station) food court (see top picture), sponsored by Safeway.
  • Ocean City Boardwalk Neighborhood 3 – with the Crab entry, Cinemark 24 movie theater entrance and another separate restaurant entry. It's sponsored by Comcast Cable.
  • Fashion Avenue Neighborhood 4 – with the Marsh entry, sponsored by Discover Card. This neighborhood has the most apparel stores.
  • Boating the Bay Neighborhood 5 – with the Nautical entry, was formerly sponsored by EarthLink.

Anchor & Department Stores[edit]

Former Anchor Stores[edit]

  • Crayola Works (first location in the chain; opened June 2002, closed February 2004, replaced by Last Call in 2006)
  • Jillian's (location acquired by Dave & Buster's)
  • Muvico (location acquired by Cinemark in March 2009)
  • Sun & Ski Sports (replaced by Modell's Sporting Goods)
  • Transworld Entertainment, FYE (replaced by Forever XXI)

Surrounding Area[edit]

While not officially a part of Arundel Mills mall, big-box stores, major retailers, and restaurants adjacent to the property include Wal-Mart, Costco, Michaels, hhgregg, Staples, Safeway, Men's Wearhouse, Chick-fil-A, Wendy's, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Chipotle Mexican Grill, McDonald's, T.G.I. Friday's, Panera Bread, Golden Corral, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse, and Joe's Crab Shack.

Lodging facilities in the immediate vicinity include Aloft Arundel Mills, Residence Inn by Marriott, Element by Westin Arundel Mills, TownePlace Suites by Marriott, and Hampton Inn & Suites.

Educational facilities in the area include Anne Arundel Community College.

Maryland Live! at Arundel Mills (Casino)[edit]

After Maryland voters approved slot machine gambling in Maryland in 2008, The Cordish Company planned a slots parlor next to the mall. The proposal for slots at Arundel Mills was on the ballot as a referendum in the November 2010 elections; the referendum passed, and construction began on the casino shortly afterward, with the grand opening of its first phase held on June 6, 2012, at 10 pm.[4] Since full completion in September 2012, Maryland Live! has about 380,000 sq. ft. of floor space[5] and 4,750 gaming slots.[5] Maryland Live! is a free-standing facility, separated from Arundel Mills by the inner mall ring road.[6] Although not directly connected to the mall, the casino is within walking distance of the food court entrance. Maryland Live! includes a 5,000-space parking structure at Arundel Mills with a "smart park" green-and-red-light space availability feature, such as the system used at nearby BWI Airport.[6] Parking is available free of charge during all mall hours for Arundel Mills shoppers.[6]

Maryland Live! includes several dining options, including Bobby's Burger Palace;[7] The Cheesecake Factory;[7] and a Prime Rib steakhouse. The project was to feature the world-famous Baltimore-based Obrycki's Crab House and Seafood Restaurant; however, the restaurant announced in November 2011 that it would not be opening a location there. Instead, Phillips Seafood will open a location at the site.[8] Maryland Live! also has a live music venue operated by Annapolis-based Rams Head.[7] Rams Head Live! includes fixed seating for approximately 300 in a cabaret-style design with several stepped viewing levels of the stage.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Mills Corporation 2003 Annual Report" (PDF). Ticker Online Magazine. 2003. Retrieved March 26, 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ DiOrio, Carl (March 24, 2009). "Nat'l Amusements fails to attract bidders". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. Archived from the original on March 26, 2009. Retrieved March 26, 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Arundel Mills Information". Retrieved July 21, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Maryland Live! Casino Begins Turning On Slot Machines For Its Opening In June". WJZ. Retrieved April 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Maryland Live! Casino at Arundel Mills Breaks Ground". CityBiz Real Estate. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c "Casino is a good fit for Arundel Mills". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on November 1, 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Maryland Live! At Arundel Mills Unveils Plans for Nationally-Acclaimed Restaurants & Music Venue". The Cordish Companies. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Phillips Seafood to join Cordish Cos. at Maryland Live slots casino". The Baltimore Sun. November 29, 2011. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 39°9′29.82″N 76°43′29.22″W / 39.1582833°N 76.7247833°W / 39.1582833; -76.7247833