Melbourne Square

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Melbourne Square
Location Melbourne, Florida
Address 1700 W. New Haven Avenue
Opening date 1982
Developer Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation
Owner Simon Property Group
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 666,000 square feet[1]
No. of floors 1

Melbourne Square is an enclosed shopping mall in Melbourne, Florida. Opened in 1982, it is anchored by two Dillard's stores, J. C. Penney, Macy's, and Dick's Sporting Goods.

History[edit]

The first store to open at Melbourne Square in 1982 was Ivey's, with J. C. Penney and Jordan Marsh as the other two anchors at the time.[2] Expansions in 1986 added a new wing to the mall,[3] featuring Belk-Lindsey and Burdines.

Jordan Marsh closed in 1992 and became the first Florida location for Mervyns the same year.[4] The Mervyns store closed and became a second Dillard's in 1997.[5]

Belk moved to The Avenue in Viera in 2004.[6] The former Belk building was torn down in 2006 for Dick's Sporting Goods and Circuit City,[7] the latter of which went out of business in 2009. The former Circuit City became LA Fitness in 2014 The Mall annually hosts the Hanukkah parade in front of the mall in association with the Jewish federation of Brevard and Treasure coast. [8] and H&M joined the same year.[9]

On January 17, 2015, one person was killed and one was wounded in a shooting inside the mall food court before the gunman José Garcia Rodriguez committed suicide. The event was evidently a domestic dispute.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.simon.com/Mall/LeasingSheet/9133.pdf
  2. ^ "Changes In Store For 1st Mall Merritt Square Renovations Include New Pavilion, Offices, Shops". Orlando Sentinel. 
  3. ^ "Merritt Square Mall Will Get $3.2 Million Facelift". Orlando Sentinel. 
  4. ^ "Retail Chain Moves Into Central Florida". Orlando Sentinel. 
  5. ^ "Developers Bask In Florida Retail Heat". nreionline.com. 
  6. ^ "Belk ready for opening of Avenue". pqarchiver.com. 
  7. ^ "Mall makes way for 2 anchor stores". pqarchiver.com. 
  8. ^ Wayne T. Price, FLORIDA TODAY (10 July 2014). "LA Fitness coming to Melbourne Square mall". floridatoday.com. 
  9. ^ FLORIDA TODAY Staff (2 June 2014). "H& to open at Melbourne Square mall". floridatoday.com. 
  10. ^ Jerry Hume, Greg Pallone and Lena Vargas (17 January 2015). "Police ID shooter, 1 victim in deadly Melbourne Square mall shooting". My News 13. 

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