Cross County Shopping Center

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Cross County Shopping Center
Cross County Shopping Center Macerich.jpg
Location Yonkers, New York, U.S.
Opening date 1954
Management Macerich
No. of stores and services 100+
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2)
No. of floors 1
Website http://www.crosscountycenter.com

Cross County Shopping Center, also known as Cross County Center, is an open-air shopping mall located in Yonkers, New York, United States. The mall hosts over 100 stores and restaurants,[1] including anchor stores Macy's, Old Navy and Sears. The mall is managed by Macerich.[2] Cross County Shopping Center abuts the smaller Mall at Cross County.

History[edit]

The marquee of the Cross County Shopping Center with Macy's in the background. Pay/Half and Disney Store closed after the photo was taken.

Cross County Shopping Center opened in 1954 as the first mall in Westchester County. Its parking lot was built atop a former peat bog.[3] The 72-acre site included a hospital in the middle of the mall campus complete with a rooftop helipad the Cross County Hospital closed in the early 1980s.[4] The original anchor stores were Gimbels (later Stern's, now Macy's), John Wanamaker (now Sears), and F. W. Woolworth Company. Woolworth operated a main store and a garden store in the mall (the former is now mall space, while the latter was converted to Odd-Job Trading before becoming Old Navy).[citation needed]

Starting in 2008, the Cross County Shopping Center underwent a new development and upgrade, which was completed in 2012.[5] The huge building that now houses Macy's Department Store (that was initially Gimbel's and then Stern's) has been enlarged by one third. It also features a new covered parking lot[6] that is almost as large as the store; the underground loading complex has also been enlarged.[citation needed] The buildings housing the stores on Mall Walk have been renovated and look different, externally, than they did previously, and the catwalk around some second floor stores has been permanently removed. All of the smaller stores, such a those that housed cookie shops and lingerie stores, have been demolished. Nearby buildings have been extended, and one parking lot[which?] now faces several large stores.[which?][citation needed]

As of October 2014, construction is underway to convert the former Cross County Hospital and Office Tower into a Hyatt Place Hotel. The eight floor, 155 guest room, 60,000 square foot lodging is slated to open in early 2015.[7]

Name[edit]

The Cross County Shopping Center was originally named "Cross County Center"; the shorter name can still be seen on older signs. However, newer signs now say "Cross County Shopping Center" as does the mall's official website.[8] Plans now state that the two giant 50-year-old neon signs on Central Avenue and Kimball Avenue will be replaced with new signs.[citation needed]

The Mall at Cross County[edit]

Adjacent to the Cross County Shopping Center and to its south (at 750 Central Park Avenue[9][10][11]) is a newer, smaller, indoor, air conditioned mall called The Mall at Cross County,[12] which hosts a variety of stores and restaurants, and a large covered parking garage.[citation needed]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Malls/Shopping Centers". Tourism.WestchesterGov.com/Shopping. 
  2. ^ Pollack, Liz (July 12, 2014). "Cross County Shopping Center Celebrates 60th Anniversary". WESTCHESTER Magazine. 
  3. ^ "Westchester's Cross County Shopping Center Gets a Makeover". The New York Times. May 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ Nachman, Barbara (2005-10-30). "Shopping: More than ever, Westchester is a shopper's paradise". The Journal News (Gannett Company, Inc.). Archived from the original on 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2006-12-05. 
  5. ^ "Cross County Shopping Center Renovation and Expansion". John Meyer Consulting. 
  6. ^ "Visitor Information". Cross County Center. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Cross County Shopping Center Announces Hotel Development". CrossCountyCenter.com. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Official website of Cross County Shopping Center". CrossCountyCenter.com. 
  9. ^ "Cross County Shopping Center". YellowPages. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Westchester County Shopping Malls". WestchesterNY.org. 
  11. ^ "The Mall At Cross County". Google+. 
  12. ^ "Mall at Cross County". Mapquest. Retrieved 10 June 2014. )

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Coordinates: 40°55′38″N 73°51′17″W / 40.927286°N 73.854711°W / 40.927286; -73.854711