View of the Food Court Entrance
|Location||Rotterdam, New York
|Opening date||September 1, 1988|
|No. of stores and services||80+|
|No. of anchor tenants||5|
|Total retail floor area||900,000 sq ft (84,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||1|
Rotterdam Square is a shopping mall located in Rotterdam, New York, United States. When it opened, the mall was originally owned by Wilmorite Properties (who also owned Wilton Mall in Wilton) until 2005, when Wilmorite was acquired by The Macerich Company, who then took over ownership and management of most of their properties. The mall has an area of 900,000 square feet (84,000 m2) on one level with over 80 stores, a 450-seat food court as well as restaurants and a 7 screen Sony-Loews Cineplex, now operated by Zurich Cinemas (independent Company). The mall was purchased by Kohan Retail Investment Group in January 2014 for 8.5 million dollars.
The Mall is situated on the site once owned by the Vedder Family. Harman Albertse Vedder of Schenectady bought the land in 1672 and built a home on it.In 1832 Harmens' Great Grandson Johannes sold it to Colonel Daniel David Schermerhorn Campbell, who constructed a 26-bedroom mansion on the site.
At the time of construction, the area around the mall was a nature preserve, and environmental groups were concerned that the building of the mall would endanger wildlife and pollute the wet lands on the opposite side of Route 337, now the Great Flats Nature Trail and Preserve.
Until January 2007, Rotterdam Square featured a full-size Italian carousel in the food court. The management sold the Carousel in late 2006 and in January 2007; it was dismantled and removed.
The Mall is unique in that it features a graveyard within the complex. This graveyard is located in a corner between the food court entrance and the front side entrance. The graveyard is the family cemetery of the Vedder Family dating back to around 1715.
A basic mall-based theater that was previously part of the Sony-Loews Cineplex (and then AMC) circuit. The theater is a 6 screen cinema now operated by an independently owned theater company named Zurich Cinemas. The theater has recently added a 7th screen and has been refitted with Stadium Seating, and digital projectors along with 3D capabilities.
- Kmart - (opened 1988) 86,479 sq ft (8,034.2 m2).
- Macy's (opened 2006) - 120,000 sq ft (11,000 m2).
- Sears (opened 1988) - 101,985 sq ft (9,474.7 m2).
- Rotterdam Square Cinema (Previously AMC/Sony-Loews Cineplex)- 19,800 sq ft (1,840 m2).
- TJ Maxx - 29,028 sq ft (2,696.8 m2).
- Hess's closed 1994
- Filene's opened 1995 in Hess's space, became Macy's in 2006 after the Federated-May merger.
- Cermak, Marv (July 17, 1988). "Rotterdam Square opening Sept. 1". Times Union. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
- Schenectady History Society
- From information on marker in graveyard
- Minute of Schenectady City meeting 12/11/06
- Odato, James (August 20, 1988). "Crews Rushing Rotterdam Square Mall Work". The Daily Gazette. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
- Cavanaugh, Tim (August 2, 1994). "Rotterdam Square Hess's will become a Filene's". The Daily Gazette. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
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