The Florida Mall
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One of the mall's entrances
|Opening date||March 12, 1986|
|Developer||Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. and JMB Realty|
|Owner||Simon Property Group (50%)|
|No. of stores and services||250+|
|No. of anchor tenants||5|
|Total retail floor area||1,849,000 sq ft (171,800 m2)|
|No. of floors||1 (2 in Dillard's)|
The Florida Mall is an upscale shopping mall located in unincorporated Orlando, Florida, on the southeast corner of Orange Blossom Trail and Sand Lake Road; it opened in 1986. The facility was developed by Eddie DeBartolo of DeBartolo Realty; it is currently managed by Simon Property Group, which owns 50%, having fallen to Simon following the 1996 merger of Simon and DeBartolo Realty into Simon DeBartolo Group. With 1,849,000 sq ft (171,800 m2) of gross leasable area and over 250 retailers, it is one of the largest single-story malls in the United States.
Among the major retailers in the buildings surrounding the mall are Toys "R" Us and Rooms To Go, as well as a business plaza and several restaurants. The Florida Mall once controlled but sold in 2013 an outdoor shopping plaza, The Terrace at The Florida Mall, next door to the east on Sand Lake Road. It features a Target, Marshall's and American Signature Furniture.
The Florida Mall is located close to Orlando International Airport and many other Orlando attractions including Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando. The Florida Hotel contains 510 guest rooms and suites. The hotel was built by E.J. DeBartolo and owned in partnership with Pratt Hotel Corporation of Dallas, TX. Originally flagged as a Crowne Plaza, then as a Sheraton Plaza, the hotel was sold to Adam’s Mark in 1996. In 2004 the hotel was purchased by a group headed by the Bank of Scotland.
In late 2007, the mall's closed Lord & Taylor store was demolished. Lord & Taylor was the fifth tenant of its particular anchor, following Robinsons, Maison Blanche, Gayfers and Parisian; it was the last L&T department store operated in Florida. The land is being redeveloped into a mixed-use outdoor shopping area attached to the mall that will include stores and restaurants. According to the Orlando Sentinel, it was rumored to be the site of new locations for Zara, Dick's Sporting Goods and XXI Forever. Ultimately, Zara, XXI Forever and Florida's first H&M opened in the area in Fall 2009. American Girl opened in Fall 2014.
The mall is serviced by Lynx buses (links) 7,37,42,107,108,111,418,and 441
The Florida Hotel
Within the mall, there is The Florida Hotel.
|Dillard's||1993||Originally occupied two anchor locations, quickly redeveloped into one two-story location.|
|JCPenney||1986||Renovated/expanded in 1998.|
|Lord & Taylor||2001||Opened in 1996 as Gayfers, converted to Parisian in 1998, converted to Lord & Taylor in 2001, closed in 2006, demolished/redeveloped in 2007 as an open air shopping area.|
|Macy's||2005||Opened in 2000 as Burdines, converted/rebranded to Macy's in 2005.|
|Nordstrom||2002||(Closed in August 2014, will be replaced by The Crayola Experience)|
|Saks Fifth Avenue||1996||Opened as Belk-Lindsay, converted to Saks Fifth Avenue in 1996. (Closed March 2014) A new food court will replace the space in early 2015|
In mid 2015 the new Dining Pavilion will open in the former Saks Fifth Avenue with over sixteen new dining options with a healthier variety than currently. There will be a larger variety of seating than the current smaller food court, which becomes very crowded leaving people to sit on the floor. The current food court will be renovated and divided into stores and more mall space. Also, The Crayola Experience and Dick's Sporting Goods will open in the former Nordstrom.
- "Mall Directory". The Florida Mall website. Simon Property Group, Inc. Retrieved 2007-02-05.