Southland Center (Michigan)

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This article is about a shopping center in Michigan. For other shopping centers, see Southland (disambiguation).
Southland Center at Sunset.jpg
Southland Center from the eastern Eureka Road entrance, November 2014
Location Taylor, Michigan, United States
Opening date July 20, 1970
Developer Dayton-Hudson Corporation
Management Rouse Properties
Owner Rouse Properties
Architect Victor Gruen, Louis G. Redstone
No. of stores and services 108
No. of anchor tenants 6
Total retail floor area 920,000 square feet[1]
No. of floors 1 (2 in JCPenney, 3 in Macy's)
Website http://www.shopsouthlandcenter.com/

Southland Center (also known as Southland Mall) is an enclosed mall located at 23000 Eureka Road in Taylor, Michigan (a Downriver community located southwest of Detroit), exactly halfway between U.S. Highway 24 (Telegraph Road) and the Interstate 75 freeway, presently anchored by Macy's, JCPenney, Best Buy, Shoe Carnival, Forever 21 and Ulta. It is the newest of the Detroit area's four "land" malls (Northland, Southland, Eastland, Westland). Southland Center opened on July 20, 1970. It is owned and managed by Rouse Properties, one of the largest mall owners in the United States.

History[edit]

Southland Center was designed by Victor Gruen Associates and Louis G. Redstone Associates, and the newly formed Dayton-Hudson Corporation (a merger of Dayton's of Minneapolis and Hudson's of Detroit) developed the mall..[2] When opened in 1970, Southland Mall was originally anchored by a three-level; 272,000-square-foot (25,300 m2) Hudson's at the center of the mall and junior-anchored by a Woolworth's dime store off the center court and a Kroger supermarket on the eastern side. A two-screen movie theater, located off the west court, opened just weeks after the rest of the mall. Kroger built a larger facility across Eureka Road in the mid-1970s, with the former store gutted and divided into several smaller stores, attached to a new wing ending in a new two-level; 215,000-square-foot (20,000 m2) JCPenney store in 1976. In 1986, the theater, by then a four-screen venue, was purchased by AMC Theaters. Then in 1988, a small addition was built onto the western side, including a 75,000-square-foot (7,000 m2) Mervyns store.

Also in 1988, The Rouse Company acquired the mall from its previous owners.[3] A food court called Picnic In The Garden[4] opened around 1992-93 as part of an addition to the southern side (which also included two new store spaces that are presently occupied by Champs Sports and New York & Company) and featured a large triangular-shaped skylight.[5] AMC's four-screen theater closed in January 1999[6] and was replaced with a 22,500-square-foot (2,090 m2) Borders Books & Music a year later. Hudson's was renamed Marshall Field's in 2001 and Macy's in 2006. Also in 2006, Mervyns exited Michigan and vacated its anchor in the mall (that space is still vacant today) and the food court was demolished (except for the skylight) and rebuilt into a 45,000-square-foot (4,200 m2) Best Buy store a year later.[7] Later, in 2011, the Borders store shut down when that chain became defunct. Rouse Properties purchased Southland Center from the bankrupt General Growth Properties in January 2012 and in fall 2012 moved to add several youth-friendly tenants; including rue21, Torrid and Taco Bell, to Southland Center, in addition, several existing tenants also renovated their stores.[8] Forever 21 moved from an existing store in the mall to the former Borders space in spring 2013.[9] Then, later in 2013, several smaller store spaces near JCPenney were demolished and replaced by a new 11,300-square-foot (1,050 m2) Shoe Carnival store (which relocated from a strip development across Eureka Road).

On July 2, 2014, Rouse Properties announced that the vacant-for-eight-years Mervyn's space will be replaced by a 12-screen, all-digital, Cinemark multiplex theater that will open in 2015, accompanied by several outdoor sit-down restaurants, including the first Grimaldi's Pizzeria in Michigan.[10][11] This is in retaliation to an announcement the previous day that MJR Digital Cinemas would be reopening the former AMC Star Taylor 10 multiplex theater across Eureka Road by the 2014 Christmas season, however, that plan never materialized. In addition, in the late summer of 2014, a complete renovation of the mall began and as of May 2015 is mostly complete.[12] Ulta opened a location in the mall along the corridor between Macy's and Best Buy on August 29, 2014.

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Coordinates: 42°12′00″N 83°15′15″W / 42.200038°N 83.254201°W / 42.200038; -83.254201