The Esplanade (Kenner, Louisiana)

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The Esplanade
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Location Kenner, Louisiana
Opening date 1985
Developer Cadillac Fairview
Management Simon Property Group
Owner Simon Property Group (50%)
& Farallon Cap. Mgt. (55%)
No. of stores and services 135
No. of anchor tenants 2
Total retail floor area 900,000 sq.ft.
No. of floors 2
Website The Esplanade

The Esplanade, also known as the Esplanade Mall, is a shopping mall in Kenner, Louisiana, United States. It is anchored by Macy's (the first Macy's in Louisiana[1]), Dillard's Clearance and Target. The mall, which opened in 1985,[2] is owned by the Simon Property Group, who acquired it through their merger with Mills Corporation in 2007.

The mall was built and opened in 1984. The original owners were Cadillac Fairview. The Mills bought the mall in 2003 and planned to add new retail including two new anchors (Target and Bass Pro Shops), as well as a new movie theater, but the plan fell through as the Mills faced financial difficulties.[3] Dillard's acquired the former D. H. Holmes in 1985, and opened a men's store in the mall after Godchaux's closed as an anchor in 1989.

The mall closed in August 2005 after sustaining damage from Hurricane Katrina. Macy's closed its store in the Esplanade,[4] but re-opened by October 2008.[5] Mervyns closed at the mall in 2006 and sat vacant until 2010. In July 2010, it was announced that the Mervyns building would be demolished. Since then, a 138,000 sq ft (12,800 m2) single storied Target has been built in its place. The new store officially opened July 24, 2011.[6]

In late 2011, Dillard's Men's Store closed, and in February 2012, the other Dillard's location was converted into a Clearance Center.[7]

The mall serves people throughout Kenner and surrounding areas.

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