Southlake Mall (Indiana)
|Location||Hobart, Indiana, USA|
|Address||2109 Southlake Mall, Merrillville, IN 46410|
|Developer||Richard E. Jacobs Group|
|Owner||Starwood Capital Group|
|No. of stores and services||100+|
|No. of anchor tenants||6-Kohl's, Macy's, JCPenney, Carson Pirie Scott, Sears, Dick's|
|No. of floors||2|
Southlake Mall is a shopping mall in Merrillville, Indiana. The tract of land on which it sits was annexed from unincorporated Ross Township in 1993. Southlake Mall is the only enclosed super regional mall in Northwest Indiana, as well as one of largest in Indiana along with Castleton Square in Indianapolis, and Glenbrook Square in Fort Wayne. Anchor stores include Carson Pirie Scott, Kohl's, JCPenney, Macy's, Dick's Sporting Goods and Sears. The Macy's store was previously an L. S. Ayres prior to September 9, 2006. The mall first opened with only two anchor stores - JCPenney and Sears - and the north and south anchor wings were added later. Carson Pirie Scott once housed a cafeteria-style restaurant next to the entrance near the security garage on the south side of the mall.
Richard E. Jacobs's Jacobs Visconsi Jacobs group built the mall in 1974. The company put it up for sale in 1999, but it was not purchased until 2002 by The Westfield Group, who renamed it Westfield Shoppingtown Southlake, and again to Westfield Southlake.
Westfield Southlake underwent a significant expansion in 2006, adding Dick's Sporting Goods and a Borders bookstore, as well as several structures in the mall's outlot areas, including a 12 screen Kerasotes theater, a Fifth Third Bank branch, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Red Robin, and Buffalo Wild Wings.
In July 2011, Borders Group announced it would be closing all of its stores by the end of September due to Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Liquidation, including the Southlake Mall location. After Borders was closed, it became Books-A-Million. But a few years later, on July 9, 2014, Books-A-Million closed its own store at the Southlake Mall location. However, a brand new Books-A-Million store will be open on August 28, 2014.
On November 10, 2012, a group of teens ranging from age 14-16 were arrested after an altercation with another group of teens. One of the teens shot a 7.62×25mm Tokarev into the ceiling which caused the gun to jam. The mall was shutdown after the shooting and resumed business on November 11, 2012.
Westfield Group sold the mall and several others to Starwood Capital in September 2013. As part of the sale, the mall's name reverted to Southlake Mall.
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