Mall of the Americas

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Not to be confused with Mall of America.

Mall of the Americas is an enclosed shopping mall located at 7795 West Flagler Street next to the Palmetto Expressway in Miami, Florida. At its grand opening in 1970, it was known as Midway Mall. The name change to Mall of the Americas took place in December 1987.[1]

Former anchor department stores included Richard's, Jefferson Ward and Woolco, all of which closed in the 1980s.[2] The Woolco store was converted in 1983 to a discount clothing store called Winston's.[3]

After falling to 30 percent occupancy, the mall was re-tenanted to target a middle-class Latin American clientele. This renovation added discount anchors such as Marshalls,[4] plus an L. Luria & Sons and The Home Depot, the latter of which took the former Woolco after Winston's closed.[5] The mall was also renamed Mall of the Americas, and an eight-screen AMC Theatres multiplex was added.[6] Another notable tenant after the redevelopment was the first Forever 21 clothing store outside the chain's home base of California.[7] Other retailers now at the mall include Old Navy Outlet, Ross Dress for Less and 14-screen AMC Theaters at the north end of the mall.

The Home Depot moved to a new stand alone building in 2003. There is also a TigerDirect store on the side of the mall that Ross occupies. In 2010, the Tiger Direct outlet moved from the right of their corporate headquarters to the left, to allow mall access directly across from Ross. Two of the secondary entrances to the mall have several strip mall type stores near them that also have no mall access.

On August 13, 2009, a 43-year-old woman set herself on fire at the mall, leading to its temporary closure.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MIDWAY MALL CHANGES NAME, IMAGE DEVELOPERS HOPE TO LURE NEW SHOPPERS", Miami Herald, 1987-12-24. Retrieved on 2009-08-06.
  2. ^ "Retail redo: New money pursues profits in old centers". The Miami Herald. 14 November 1988. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Midway Mall opens first of off-price sales stores". The Miami Herald. 10 November 1983. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Altaner, David (16 July 1990). "Controlled Access Opens Doors For Mall". The Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Overhauled Midway markets a new image". The Miami Herald. 31 August 1987. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Midway Mall changes name, image". The Miami Herald. 24 December 1987. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Jeff Koyen. "Steal This Look – Will a wave of piracy lawsuits bring down Forever 21?". Radar Magazine. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  8. ^ http://www.miamiherald.com/news/florida/AP/story/1185025.html