Lakeland Square Mall
|Location||Lakeland, Florida, United States|
|Developer||Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation and Homart Development Company|
|No. of stores and services||130|
|No. of anchor tenants||6|
|Total retail floor area||890,000 sq ft (83,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||1|
The Lakeland Square Mall is a shopping mall located on the northern side of Lakeland, Florida in the United States and one of two enclosed malls serving Polk County. It is owned and managed by Rouse Properties, one of the largest mall owners in the United States. It is the only shopping mall located off of I-4 between Tampa and Orlando, and it serves the populations of western Polk County.
The shopping mall has six anchor stores, including the Burlington Coat Factory, Dillard's, J.C. Penney, Macy's, Sears, and Sports Authority. When it opened, however, it featured Mervyns, and Sears, but also had Belk Lindsey (now Burlington Coat Factory), with Maison Blanche opening a few months later. Both the Mervyns and Maison Blanche stores became Dillard's; the former Mervyn's location was shuttered in 2012, with Dillard's consolidating to the former Maison Blanche. The former Mervyns/Dillard's building was torn down in 2013 for a Sports Authority and movie theater.
The Lakeland Square Mall has been the main upscale shopping center for Lakeland during the 1990s, but since 2005 it has lost Belk to the competing Lakeside Village, an open-air lifestyle center that opened on the south side of the city.
- Brad Kuhn (May 8, 1995). "NEW MALL BRINGS DEVELOPER BACK HOMART TEAMED UP ON VARIOUS PROJECTS". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved March 23, 2010.("Homart teamed up with DeBartolo again for Lakeland Square Mall, which opened in 1988.")
- ""Is This Town Big Enough for Two Malls?", The Ledger". Retrieved 2008-04-06.