Polaris Fashion Place

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Polaris CIMG9490.JPG
Entrance sign in December 2006.
Location Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Address 1500 Polaris Pkwy.
Opening date 2001
Developer Glimcher Realty Trust
No. of stores and services 200
No. of anchor tenants 6
Total retail floor area 1,568,975 square feet (150,000 m2)[1]
No. of floors 2
Website http://www.polarisfashionplace.com/

Polaris Fashion Place is a two level shopping mall and surrounding retail plaza serving Columbus, Ohio, United States. The mall, owned locally by Glimcher Realty Trust, is located off Interstate 71 on Polaris Parkway in Delaware County just to the north of the boundary between Delaware and Franklin County. The mall features six anchor stores: H&M, J.C. Penney, Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sears and Von Maur, as well as an outdoor promenade which includes XXI Forever and Barnes & Noble.

The mall is part of the much larger 1200 acre POLARIS Centers of Commerce real estate development in northern Columbus. This development includes the McCoy Building, the Polaris Founder's Park along with over a hundred other commercial and residential developments.[2]

History[edit]

Glimcher Realty Trust began construction on Polaris Fashion Place in July 2000.[3] The mall opened in 2001 with 146 inline tenants.[4] The developers chose to include several tenants which were lacking in the market,[3] including four of the seven anchor stores: Kaufmann's, The Great Indoors, Lord & Taylor (whose store was the only location in Ohio[5]) and Saks Fifth Avenue.[6] The other three anchors were J.C. Penney, Sears and Lazarus; all three relocated from Northland Mall, which closed in 2002 following the loss of its remaining inline tenants.[7][8]

In 2003, the Lazarus store was dual-branded as Lazarus-Macy's, and then to just Macy's in 2005. After the 2006 acquisition by Federated Stores (now Macy's, Inc.) of Kaufmann's parent company, May Corporation, the Kaufmann's store was shuttered and sold to Glimcher for redevelopment.[9] In 2007, the store was demolished for an outdoor expansion comprising Barnes & Noble, Forever 21 and several restaurants, including Benihana, The Cheesecake Factory and Dave & Buster's.[10] This concourse opened in 2008.[11] Lord & Taylor closed in 2004 and was replaced a year later with Von Maur, whose location at the mall is also the first in the state.[12]

On February 22, 2012, Sears Holdings Corporation announced it will close all 9 of its Great Indoors stores as the part of extensive restructing plan, including the Polaris Fashion Place location.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Polaris Fashion Place". Glimcher Realty Trust. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "POLARIS Centers of Commerce Plat". Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Umlauf-Garneau, Elyse (1 November 2001). "New Columbus center puts the super into super-regional". Retail Traffic Mag. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Moss, Meredith (10 November 2001). "A mall with it all". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Sheban, Jeffrey (23 December 2004). "Lord & Taylor to close its Ohio Fashion Place store". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Polaris Fashion Place Offers Blend of New and Familiar Names". PR Newswire. 17 July 2001. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  7. ^ Goins, Tony; Kathy Showalter (17 October 2003). "Federated shutting Lazarus-Macy's store in downtown Columbus". Business First of Columbus. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  8. ^ Ball, Brian R. (12 August 2002). "Northland Mall buyer to face myriad issues". Business First of Columbus. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Federated to sell Polaris Kaufmann's to Glimcher". Business First of Columbus. 24 July 2006. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "More tenants on track to open at Polaris in '09". The Columbus Dispatch. 28 December 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  11. ^ Rose, Marla Matzer (10 August 2008). "Polaris with the top down: Outdoor addition, opening this fall, lures big retailers". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Glimcher Announces Von Maur Is Coming to Polaris Fashion Place". PR Newswire. 21 July 2005. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  13. ^ Sandra M. Jones. "Sears closing all nine Great Indoors stores". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 

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Coordinates: 40°08′44″N 82°58′53″W / 40.145596°N 82.981500°W / 40.145596; -82.981500