Plaza del Norte
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Entrance to the mall.
Hatillo, Puerto Rico 00659
|No. of stores and services||122|
|No. of anchor tenants||9|
|Total retail floor area||680,997 sq ft (63,266.7 m2)(expansion 701,000-squarefoot)|
|No. of floors||2 (2nd floor located at food court)|
|Website||DDR - Plaza del Norte|
Plaza del Norte opened its doors in 1992. In 2005 the mall was acquired by Developers Diversified Realty Corporation (DDR), which is the company that currently owns the center.
During the mid to late 2000s, the mall started to loose many of its tenants. The Cinevista Theatre and Pueblo Supermarkets were closed after their respective parent companies went bankrupt. Party City and Pitusa, which, along with Pueblo, occupied the strip mall area, also left . This led to that part of the mall becoming nearly fully vacant, as the smaller stores and Casa Febus relocated to the enclosed mall. The opening and later expansion of the Puerto Rico Premium Outlets in Barceloneta, led to many stores to open in this outlet mall than in Plaza del Norte. In addition, the enclosed mall had many vacant spaces. In the JCPenney wing, several formerly small stores were combined into a Circuit City in 2008, but the chain's bankruptcy led to the store being closed a year later. The space was temporarily used by Casa Febus, until it moved to a new building outside the mall.
In 2011, DDR announced a significant interior and exterior renovation of the mall, including 30,000-square-foot expansion (701,000-squarefoot mall) and renovation of the existing J.C. Penney Co. store, which now occupies part of the JCPenney wing, including the former Circuit City. The project also includes the addition of a Rooms To Go, the combination of three small retail-space units to accommodate a PetSmart, several other new stores, a new Caribbean Cinemas movie theatre and new carts and kiosks through the entire mall. The project was completed in mid-2013.