The Mall at Greece Ridge
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|Location||Greece, New York|
|Management||Wilmorite Management Group|
|No. of stores and services||140|
|No. of anchor tenants||4|
|Total retail floor area||1,600,000 sq ft (150,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||1 (some anchors: 2)|
The Mall at Greece Ridge is located in Greece, a suburb of Rochester, New York, and managed by Wilmorite Management Group LLC. It contains 140 stores and restaurants in the main complex, with 10 big box retailers including Dick's Sporting Goods, Bed Bath & Beyond, Barnes & Noble, Michaels, Burlington Coat Factory, Old Navy, Macy's Home, and a free-standing Target.
The mall began as 2 shopping malls: Greece Towne Mall, which opened on May 1, 1967 and Long Ridge Mall, which opened in 1969. Long Ridge Mall had five anchors: Sears, Woolworth, J. B. Hunter (later J. C. Penney), McCurdy's (later Kaufmann's, now Macy's), and B. Forman (later Kaufmann's Home Store, now Macy's Home Store). The Greece Towne Mall had a Sibley's (briefly Kaufmann's, then The Bon-Ton), a Loblaws (later Circuit City) and a Gold Circle (later Hills, then Caldor). The Gold Circle building was razed and replaced by Hoyts Cinemas (now Regal Theaters). The Sibley's/Bon-Ton building was razed in 2014 to create a restaurant and high end clothing wing after Bon-Ton left the Rochester area. Both malls competed against each other until March 15, 1994 when the malls merged to form The Mall at Greece Ridge Center.
At the time of the merger, JC Penney moved to a marquee space in the new wing that connected the two malls, across from the food court. The former Penney's was converted into a Burlington Coat Factory (top floor) and a Lechmere (now closed). Shortly after the mall redevelopment, Kaufmann's (which had absorbed Sibley's in 1990) acquired McCurdy's as well, selling its original store to Bon-Ton.
Other big box retailers have been added since the merger, often taking over what used to be several storefronts. These stores are smaller than the big department stores that normally serve as anchors, and are usually found in strip malls rather than indoor shopping malls. Many of them have separate outdoor entrances in addition to their indoor mall entrances. Michaels, Marshalls, and Bed Bath & Beyond opened in existing space in the Greece Towne wing. In the Long Ridge wing, in addition to Burlington taking over the former Penney's space, existing space has been converted to Dick's Sporting Goods, Barnes & Noble, and Old Navy.
In 2005, Burlington Coat Factory relocated downstairs in the former Lechmere space, leaving the upper level vacant. In 2006, the Kaufmann's name was retired and all existing stores were sold to Macy's. The furniture department on the upper level of the Macy's Home Store became storage and offices for the store.
Anchors and big box retailers
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- Barnes & Noble Opened 2000
- Bed Bath and Beyond : Opened 1998
- The Bon-Ton : Closed in 2012. Building demolished for five new restaurants. Opened 1995 in former Sibley's/Kaufmann's 150,082 sq ft (13,943.1 m2)
- Burlington Coat Factory : Opened 1995 in the top floor of the former JB Hunter's/JC Penney space, relocated to bottom level in 2005 in former Lechmere
- Circuit City : Closed 2009, Opened 1998 in former location of Greece DMV Office
- Dick's Sporting Goods : Opened 1994 in the former Woolworth's space
- JB Hunter : Replaced by JC Penney in 1973
- JCPenney : moved 1994 164,480 sq ft.
- Macy's : Opened 1995 as Kaufmann's in former McCurdy's, replacing prior Sibley's location which opened in 1968 114,670 sq ft.
- Macy's Home Store : Opened 1998 as Kaufmann's in former B. Forman, upper level became storage & offices in 2006 41,978 sq ft.
- Marshalls : Opened 2002
- Michael's : Opened 1999 in former London Fog
- Old Navy : Opened 1994
- Regal Cinemas 12 : Opened 1999 as Hoyt's on site of former Gold Circle/Hills/Caldor building 61,544 sq ft (5,717.6 m2).
- Sears : Opened 1969 122,983 sq ft.
The mall also features a Tom Wahl's order-at-the-counter unit in the food court.