Eastfield Mall

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Eastfield Mall
Location Springfield, Massachusetts
Opening date 1967
Owner Mountain Development Corp.
No. of stores and services 75
No. of anchor tenants 3 (1 vacant)
Total retail floor area 825,000 square feet (76,645.0 m2)
No. of floors 1

The Eastfield Mall is a shopping mall in Springfield, Massachusetts, and is owned by Mountain Development Corporation. Built in late 1967 by the Rouse Company, it includes two anchor stores: Macy's and Sears. Third anchor JCPenney closed in 2011. The mall is managed by Mountain Development.

History[edit]

Eastfield Mall opened in 1967 with branches of two local department stores: Forbes & Wallace and Steigers.[1][2] The third anchor store, Sears remains to this day. Forbes closed in 1975 leaving the mall store vacant. It was sold (the anchor stores are wholly owned by their tenant or proxies) and JCPenney moved in. In 1994, Filene's, whose parent company May Department Stores had bought Steigers, moved into their old space.[1] This store became Macy's in 2006 after May was purchased by Federated Department Stores (Macy's parent company at the time). A movie theater is also included in the mall.[citation needed]

The addition of a Steve & Barry's clothing store in 2006 put the mall at full occupancy for the first time since 1978. The store displaced nine smaller retail outlets, of which only two relocated within the mall.[3] This store closed in 2008 following the chain's bankruptcy proceedings.[4] In 2009, Hannoush Jewelers opened a showroom in the space vacated by Steve & Barry's.[5] In 2004, the mall implemented a teen escort policy, stating that any customer under the age of 15 must be with an escort after 5:00 PM.[6][7] In 2011, JCPenney announced that they would be closing their Eastfield store.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Steiger's may sell stores, reports say Scenario has May Co. buying seven Steiger's may sell stores, reports say". Hartford Courant. 6 January 1994. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Albert Steiger To Build Store At Eastfield Mall". Hartfourd Courant. 29 December 1965. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Blomberg, Marcia (25 April 2006). "Steve & Barry's fills out mall". MassLive.com. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Business in brief: 5 of 8 Steve & Barry's stores in Mass. to close". Boston Globe. 3 September 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Kinney, Jim (10 July 2009). "Hannoush Jewelers to move headquarters to Eastfield Mall in Springfield". Masslive.com. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Springfield mall implements its own teen escort policy". The Providence-Journal. 3 August 2005. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  7. ^ Miller, Sara B. (11 August 2005). "At shopping malls, teens' hanging out is wearing thin". USA Today. Retrieved 31 December 2010.  .

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Coordinates: 42°08′30″N 72°29′12″W / 42.1416°N 72.4868°W / 42.1416; -72.4868