The Mall at Greece Ridge

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The Mall at Greece Ridge
Rochester Mall at Greece Ridge.jpg
Location Greece, New York
Coordinates 43°12′26″N 77°41′31″W / 43.207287°N 77.692051°W / 43.207287; -77.692051Coordinates: 43°12′26″N 77°41′31″W / 43.207287°N 77.692051°W / 43.207287; -77.692051
Opening date 1967
Developer Wilmorite Properties
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)[1]
No. of floors 1 (some anchors: 2)
Website http://www.themallatgreeceridge.com/

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 is near the center of a long line of plazas, chain hotels, restaurants, and car dealerships which continues for several miles in each direction on West Ridge Road (New York State Route 104).

History[edit]

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[edit]

The mall also features a Tom Wahl's order-at-the-counter unit in the food court.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.wilmorite.com/PortfolioInformation/?categoryID=1&portfolioID=2

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