Hamilton Place (shopping mall)

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Coordinates: 35°02.038′N 85°09.763′W / 35.033967°N 85.162717°W / 35.033967; -85.162717

Hamilton Place
Location Chattanooga, TN, USA
Address 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.
Opening date August 5, 1987
Management CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
Owner CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
No. of stores and services 200+[1]
No. of anchor tenants 6
Total retail floor area 1,170,712 square feet (108,763 m2)[2]
No. of floors 2
Parking 7,500
Website HamiltonPlace.com

Hamilton Place is an enclosed, two-story shopping mall in Chattanooga, Tennessee just off I-75. It was the largest shopping mall in the state of Tennessee from 1987 to 1998; at this time, it was superseded in size by Knoxville's West Town Mall.[3] Hamilton Place is considered a sister property to Northgate Mall, located in nearby Hixson.

History[edit]

The mall opened to the public on August 5, 1987. The original anchors were Belk, Parisian, Loveman's, Regal Cinemas 9, and Sears. JCPenney and Hess's stores were added later, vacating their former locations at Eastgate Mall. Proffitt's acquired Loveman's in 1988. Proffitt's then acquired Hess's in 1992 creating the dual store location. In 1998, Belk "swapped" several mall locations throughout the southeast with Dillard's, thus exiting the Chattanooga market only to return in 2005 after its purchase of Proffitt's from Saks Incorporated. In 2006 Belk purchased Parisian, also from Saks Inc., and closed this location which would later become a Dillard's Men's, Children & Home store.

In 1998, its owner, CBL & Associates Properties, began a major interior renovation of the mall, expanding the food court by 6,000 square feet (557 m2), and making the mall wheelchair accessible.[4] Currently, Hamilton Place comprises more than 150 stores and restaurants. Current anchor stores include JCPenney, Sears, as well as two locations each for Belk and Dillard's. Regal Cinemas 9 closed in September 2007 and was replaced with a Barnes & Noble which opened on November 12, 2008.[5][6]

In May 2008, CBL announced a $100 million expansion which would have included two parking garages, a lifestyle center, and other renovations inside and outside the existing mall. In order to pay for the expansion, CBL proposed an additional half-percent to 1 percent fee added to any purchase made at the mall or at five other CBL centers within a one-mile radius of Hamilton Place. The other locations were Gunbarrel Pointe, Hamilton Corner, Hamilton Crossing, The Shoppes at Hamilton Place, and The Terrace.[7] However, CBL eventually dropped its ambitious plans; in turn, replacing the original plans with a smaller expansion. The Shoppes at Hamilton Place received a 6,000 square feet (560 m2) expansion, adding stores such as a local restaurant chain, Sweet Peppers Deli, and bath products chain Bath Junkie.[8][9]

A P.F. Chang's restaurant that is located outside Hamilton Place has had a unique theme in the 200+ unit chain since the restaurant opened in November 2006: a water theme, based on the fundamental role the Tennessee River plays in Chattanooga and the fact that the CEO of P.F. Chang's since 2000, Richard Federico, is a 1976 alumnus of the University of Tennessee and has family members in Chattanooga.[10]

On January 25, 2011, CBL announced a multi-million dollar renovation to the mall. Construction on the Hamilton Place renovations began in March and lasted 11 months, finishing in November 2011.[11] The construction was done in phases and most of the work occurred during off-hours and at night while the mall was closed.[12] Hamilton Place remained open throughout the duration of the renovations.

Current Anchor Stores[edit]

  • Dillard's (Women) (Originally Belk) 128,897 square feet (11,975 m2)
  • Dillard's (Men, Home, & Children) (Originally Parisian) 92,520 square feet (8,595 m2)
  • Belk (Women) (Originally Loveman's, then Proffitt's, and finally Proffitt's for Her) 130,875 square feet (12,159 m2)
  • Belk (Men, Home, & Children) (Originally Hess's and then Proffitt's Men's, Kids & Home) 115,000 square feet (10,684 m2)
  • Forever 21 (Originally Hess's (upper level), then Proffitt's Home Store (upper level), and then Belk Home Store (upper level)). CBL leased the upper level to create space for Forever 21. 57,500 square feet (5,342 m2)
  • JCPenney 157,799 square feet (14,660 m2)
  • Sears (Original anchor) 151,577 square feet (14,082 m2)[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gosford, Jane. "Restaurants Near Hamilton Place Mall in Chattanooga". USA Today's Travel Tips. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b [1]
  3. ^ "Hamilton Place Mall". Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  4. ^ Hazel, Debra. "CBL's Hamilton Place gets a makeover for tenth birthday". ICSC.org. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  5. ^ "Regal Cinemas Closes At Hamilton Place Mall". The Chattanoogan. 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  6. ^ "Barnes & Noble to Open New Store at 2100 Hamilton Place Boulevard Chattanooga, Tennessee". Reuters. October 28, 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  7. ^ Reynolds, Jason (May 2, 2008). "Chattanooga: CBL developments forge ahead". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved September 29, 2008. 
  8. ^ Staff (August 22, 2011). "CBL announces expansion of the Shoppes at Hamilton Place in Chattanooga, TN". CBL Properties, Inc. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Staff (February 16, 2012). "Sweet Peppers opens deli at Hamilton Place". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Pare, Mike (March 4, 2006). "P.F. Chang's to open restaurant in Chattanooga, Tenn.". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved May 21, 2012.  (subscription required)
  11. ^ Pare, Mike (November 4, 2011). "Hamilton Place Mall celebrates completion of multimillion-dollar renovation". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  12. ^ Pare, Mike (January 25, 2011). "CBL plans Hamilton Place renovation". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 

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