North side of Courtland Center
|Location||Burton, Michigan, USA|
|Address||4190 E. Court St.|
|Developer||Forest City Enterprises|
|Owner||SMA Courtland LLC|
|No. of stores and services||60|
|No. of anchor tenants||5 (4 open, 1 vacant)|
|Total retail floor area||460,000 square feet (43,000 m2) |
|No. of floors||1|
Courtland Center is an enclosed shopping mall in Burton, Michigan, a suburb of Flint, Michigan, USA. It opened in 1968, two years before the larger Genesee Valley Center on the other side of the Flint metropolitan area. Courtland Center includes four anchor stores: J. C. Penney, Dunham's Sports, Staples, and Jo-Ann Etc., plus one vacant anchor last occupied by Steve & Barry's.
Courtland Center opened in 1968 as Eastland Mall in what was then Burton Township, at the southwestern corner of East Court Street and Center Road. At the time, it featured three anchor stores: The Fair on the western end, Detroit, Michigan-based Federal's in the center, and discount chain Woolco on the eastern end. Federal's closed in the late 1970s, and briefly became a Robert Hall Village store before J. C. Penney took over the space.
By 1982, the theater was acquired by National Amusements, who split the auditorium into two smaller screens. Later that same year, Woolco closed as the parent company, F.W. Woolworth Company, closed the last of the American Woolco stores. The former Woolco space was soon subdivided between a Crowley's department store and additional mall space. Later in the 1980s, the mall's theater complex was closed. Also, The Fair closed in 1987 and became Mervyn's.
In the 1990s, J. C. Penney expanded its presence at the mall by moving its home goods into a space that had been vacated by Perry Drug Stores, and some of the women's apparel into an adjacent storefront formerly occupied by a Marianne clothing store. Crowley's closed in 1997, and the theaters re-opened in 1999 under the management of National Amusements.
Tucker Development acquired the mall from Forest City Enterprises in the early 2004 and began renovations on it. The far end of the former Crowley's was converted to Old Navy in July 2000, while the rest remained vacant. Also the late 1990s, the theater was renovated to become a first run complex with six screens, after the addition of stadium seating. Old Navy relocated inside the mall in 2005, displacing a former f.y.e. which had closed, and a Payless ShoeSource which was relocated. Later that same year, Staples moved from a nearby strip mall into Old Navy's former location, while the remainder of the former Crowley's was split between a new Jo-Ann Etc. store (resulting in the closure of the existing Jo-Ann Fabrics store) and Dunham's Sports, which had also moved from a nearby strip mall.
Mervyns closed in early 2006 when the chain exited Michigan. In late 2007, J. C. Penney announced that it would relocate its existing stores in the mall to a newer, larger location in the former Mervyns space. While the former Mervyns space was being redeveloped and expanded, the roof of the store caught on fire, causing the mall to close for a day in September 2007. Old Navy closed its store at the mall in January 2008, and J. C. Penney's new store opened on March 1, 2008, resulting in the closure of the three former J. C. Penney stores. The new location included several departments which were not present in the former locations, such as an inline Sephora store. JCPenney's former main store in the middle of the mall was replaced by Steve & Barry's, which opened on May 15, 2008, while the two sub-stores were vacated. Steve & Barry's closed December 2008, and the theaters re-closed in 2009 along with a B. Dalton bookstore. Planet Fitness replaced the Old Navy space in February 2011. On May 18, 2011, the cinema was reopened by NCG Cinemas as NCG Courtland Cinemas to replace NCG's Clio location.
In 2013, the mall was sold by Tucker Development to a limited liability company from Delaware.
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