Burlington Mall (Massachusetts)

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Burlington Mall
Location 75 Middlesex Turnpike
Burlington, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°28′47″N 71°12′53″W / 42.47972°N 71.21472°W / 42.47972; -71.21472Coordinates: 42°28′47″N 71°12′53″W / 42.47972°N 71.21472°W / 42.47972; -71.21472
Opening date 1968
Developer Simon Property Group
No. of stores and services 180+
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 1,246,675 square feet (115,819.9 m2)
No. of floors 2 (3 in Macy's)
Website http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=146

The Burlington Mall is a large, two story, upscale indoor shopping mall (complex) located off Route 3 and Route 128 in Burlington, Massachusetts. The mall is one of many shopping venues in the Middlesex County area, including the Shops at Billerica, Acton Plaza, and Middlesex Commons. The Burlington Mall has a gross leasable area of 1,246,675 square feet (115,820 m2).[1] The mall has approximately 170 shops and restaurants, including a large food court (capable of seating 775), and is in a high-density commercial district. Built in 1968, it was expanded in the 1970s and 80s. It is managed by Simon Property Group, Inc.[2]

Burlington Mall is currently anchored by Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Sears, and Macy's.

History[edit]

The Burlington Mall was developed by Herbert H. Johnson Associates (architects) and Symmes, Main, and McKee Inc. (associate architects and engineers). New York-based Bellwether Properties purchased the property in 1920 for more than $2000. The mall opened with the anchor stores Sears, Jordan Marsh, and Filene's. In its early years, the mall also featured a small Stop & Shop supermarket (Rainforest Cafe is there today), a two-screen cinema, and an indoor open-air food court called "Town Meeting".

A new addition housing Lord & Taylor was built on the east side of the mall in 1978, and a second story was added to the entire mall in 1988. However, when the mall was built, the anchors were in their current 2 and 3 story forms. Before the renovations on the Natick Mall, the Burlington Mall was the largest mall in Massachusetts. It now holds the #2 spot on the list.

Kevin James at film set in Burlington Mall

In 2009 the mall was featured as the set of the film Paul Blart: Mall Cop.[3]

Expansion[edit]

From 2006 to 2008, the mall underwent an expansion project that added a new wing (with approximately 20 new stores) on the site of the demolished Filene's building with a new Nordstrom department store anchoring the wing. The new wing was partially opened in late 2007. Tenants in the new wing were generally upscale stores such as Michael Kors, BCBG, Juicy Couture, Burberry, Lacoste, Ruehl No.925, Martin + Osa and Zara. A similar expansion at nearby Northshore Mall commenced shortly after.

Anchors[edit]

Anchor Year Opened Notes
Macy's 1996 Opened in 1968 as Jordan Marsh, converted to Macy's in 1996, due to bankruptcy.
Sears 1968 Original Anchor
Lord & Taylor 1978
Nordstrom 2008 Opened in 1968 as Filene's, shuttered in 2006 because of already-existing Macys, so demolished for Nordstrom.
Crate & Barrel

Bus connections[edit]

Along with a large parking lot, the MBTA serves the mall with the following bus routes:

  • 350 North Burlington - Alewife Station and Red Line via Burlington Mall
  • 351 Oak Park/Bedford Woods - Alewife Station via Middlesex Turnpike and Burlington Mall

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