North East Mall
North East Mall back in 1999, in the photo is Montgomery Ward before their demise.
|Location||Hurst in Tarrant County, Texas, United States|
|Opening date||March 25, 1971|
|Developer||Melvin Simon and Associates|
|Management||Simon Property Group|
|Owner||Simon Property Group|
|No. of stores and services||169|
|No. of anchor tenants||8|
|Total retail floor area||1,749,000 sq ft (162,500 m2) (157,935 m²)|
|No. of floors||1|
North East Mall (sometimes Northeast Mall) is an large enclosed upscale shopping mall located at 1101 Melbourne Rd (Texas Highways 121/183 and Loop 820 N.) in Hurst, Texas, a Fort Worth suburb. It is 10 miles (16 km) west of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and 10 minutes east of downtown Fort Worth, centered in the rapidly growing Mid-Cities area. The department stores include Macy's, Nordstrom, Sears, Dillard's and JCPenney. The mall is under ownership of Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group. It is the largest and leading shopping mall in Tarrant County, along with its sister mall Grapevine Mills.
- The largest mall in Tarrant County.
- Second largest shopping mall in the state of Texas.
- The mall and RTKL Associates was nominated on the 2002 Annual SADI Awards in Nominees by Project.
- The mall was voted "Best Retailer Mall or Major Retail Center" in Tarrant County in 2009 by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
- The first mall in Tarrant County to have a Saks Fifth Avenue (operated from September 16, 2001 to September 16, 2006).
- The only mall in Tarrant County to have a Nordstrom, opened on March 22, 2001.
- The first mall in Texas to have a See's Candies, opened on May 18, 2012.
History and Activity
The center originated with a Leonard's department store, the Fort Worth-based chain's third location. This store was dedicated July 10, 1970. A single level mall of eighty inline stores was added, which officially opened March 25, 1971. This included a Fort Worth-based Stripling's (inaugurated March 18, 1971) and J.C. Penney (which commenced operation November 3, 1971). North East Mall now encompassed 750,000 leasable square feet.
The gross leasable area of the mall now stood at 1,300,000 square feet (120,000 m2), with 106 inline stores. The mall office is located near Sears.
In 1977, Fort Worth's Dunlap's had acquired the W.C. Stripling Company (Stripling's). Another local chain, R.E. Cox and Company (Cox's), was bought in 1981. These chains were merged into Stripling & Cox in 1983, the North East Mall store was later shuttered in January 1986.
Dillard's bought the Leonard's chain in 1974 and re-branded all stores in 1975. In 1986, they reconfigured their existing North East Mall store as a Dillard's Women's. The vacant Stripling & Cox became a Dillard's Men's.
In October 1998, a 225 million dollar renovation and expansion of North East Mall got underway. Dillard's built a new 3-level store, consolidating the two existing locations, which held its grand opening October 1, 1999.
The old Leonards/Dillard's Women's was partially demolished. A new South Wing was built, containing 28 store spaces. This connected to the new Dillard's and a new Foley's, which was built in part of the old Dillard's spot.
The Foley's store was dedicated October 16, 2001.
In 1998, the mall went into major redevelopment outside the mall, creating an open-air mall, the developments were completed in late 2000.
The vacant Stripling & Cox/Dillard's Men's, on the west end of the mall, was knocked down and replaced by Nordstrom, which held its official opening March 22, 2001.
On the north end of the mall, Saks Fifth Avenue built a store, taking some previous mall store space. This location opened for business September 16, 2001 although it was under negotiations to open a week later after the September 11th attacks, which caused some nationwide retail sales to dramatically decline.
The existing J.C. Penney had been expanded by 83,000 square feet (7,700 m2) in 1996. Four parking garages were also constructed as part of the 1998–2001 remodeling.
North East Mall held its official re-dedication September 15, 2001, the center encompassed 1,749,000 leasable square feet and 168 stores and services. It was now the largest enclosed shopping mall in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex and the second-largest in Texas, following The Galleria in Houston.
Montgomery Ward had been shuttered in February 2001. There was talk of the store being renovated -and reopened- by Lord and Taylor, but this did not come to fruition. The vacant building was torn down in 2003 and replaced with the Rave North East Mall 18 megaplex cinema, dedicated November 4, 2004.
The mall was shortly renovated with a new look on the Food Courts entrance, and adding sky lights throughout the mall and some restructuring since 2010.
On May 29, 2013, Rave Cinemas was fully acquired by Plano-based Cinemark Theatres, making the Rave Cinemas convert to a Cinemark Theatres, without changing its nameplate, it remains as a brand of Cinemark.
The mall received generally positive reviews receiving 3 stars out of 5 Stars. complementing its high-end stores, but mixed remarks about the Food Court.
|North East Mall anchors|
|Macy's||232,800 sq ft (21,630 m2)|
|Nordstrom||142,400 square feet (13,230 m2) (opened in 2001)|
|Dillard's||310,000 sq ft (29,000 m2) (opened in 1999) This is Tarrant County's largest Dillard's store.|
|Rave North East Mall 18||103,000 sq ft (9,600 m2) (opened in November 2004) Owned by Cinemark Theatres under the Rave Brand|
|Sears||164,100 sq ft (15,250 m2) (opened in 1977)|
|Dick's Sporting Goods||164,000 sq ft (15,200 m2) (opened 2006)|
|JCPenney||250,700 sq ft (23,290 m2)|
|Forever 21||(opened September 2011)|
|Big box stores (The Shops at North East Mall)|
|Bed Bath & Beyond|
|Pier 1 Imports|
|Barnes & Noble||(opened on May 21, 2008)|
|DSW Shoe Warehouse|
|Montgomery Ward||178,000 sq ft (16,500 m2) (opened in August 1978, shuttered in February 2001)|
|Nordstrom Rack||(opened in 2001, shuttered in 2007, replaced by Barnes & Noble in 2008}|
|Foley's||(Opened in October 2001, changed to a Macy's on September 9, 2006)|
|United Artists 6||(opened in 1977-78, closing date uncertain)|
|Leonard's||(opened on July 10, 1970, sold to Dillard's in 1974)|
|Shoe Pavilion||(shuttered in 2008, replaced by DSW Shoe Warehouse in 2012.)|
|Stripling & Cox||(opened in 1971, closed in 1986)|
|Saks Fifth Avenue||(opened on 9/16/01, a week after the 9/11 attacks, the chain shuttered the store on September 16, 2006)|
|Dillard's Men||(Opened on January 1986, replaced by Nordstrom on March 22, 2001.)|
|Dillard's Women||(it was reconstructed into a new Dillard's in 1999)|
- "North East Mall". Simon Malls. Retrieved December 01, 2012.
- http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=ST&s_site=dfw&p_multi=ST&p_theme=realcities&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EAF91140462E617&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM Jan 22, 2013 Star-Telegram Fort Worth
- "North East Mall Map". Retrieved October 03, 2012.
- "North East Mall". Yelp.com. Retrieved November 29, 2012.