Town Center at Boca Raton

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Town Center at Boca Raton
Location Boca Raton, Florida
 United States
Coordinates 26°21′57″N 80°08′01″W / 26.365820°N 80.133551°W / 26.365820; -80.133551Coordinates: 26°21′57″N 80°08′01″W / 26.365820°N 80.133551°W / 26.365820; -80.133551
Address 6000 Glades Road
Opening date August 13, 1980
Developer Arvida Corp. and Federated Department Stores, Inc.
Management Simon Property Group, Inc.
Owner Simon Property Group, Inc.
Architect RTKL Associates, Inc.
No. of stores and services 200+
No. of anchor tenants 6
Total retail floor area 1,500,000 square feet (140,000 m2)
No. of floors 1 (Anchors have 2 or more)
Website Official website

Town Center at Boca Raton (also known as Town Center Mall or Boca Town Center) is an upscale super-regional shopping center in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Florida. It is the largest enclosed and conventional shopping mall within Palm Beach County, and second largest by square feet in South Florida, behind the Aventura Mall.

History[edit]

Construction on the Town Center Mall started with Florida-based department store, Burdines, followed shortly thereafter by two more anchors Sears and Jordan Marsh Florida. A T.G.I. Friday's (demolished 2005) and later an L&N Seafood Grill (now Stir Crazy) were situated adjacent to the main entrance west of Burdines.

The food court and shops in 1983

The shopping center officially opened on August 13, 1980 featuring a New York City theme with a round black station clock, living vegetation below a series of atriums, and several distinctive wishing fountains.

A significant expansion near the end of the decade brought more shops, including three new anchors—a three story Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and apparel-focused chain Mervyns, which occupied the former Jordan Marsh location. Lord & Taylor had also entered southern Palm Beach County, erecting a new store at the center court. In 2002, Lord & Taylor closed as part of their early 2000s restructuring, and was promptly demolished. In 2005, Neiman Marcus, who expressed interest in entering the area market as early as 1987, opened their newly built store on the site of the old Lord & Taylor building. Also in 2005, Fridays had closed, having another nearby presence, and was demolished from the shopping center. The Cheesecake Factory opened an experimental restaurant called Grand Lux Cafe on the site, featuring a more-broad choice of international cuisine.

Between 1999 and 2000, a complete renovation took place. The shopping mall's original Saks location was also demolished to construct a new concourse featuring Nordstrom. The food court's seating was reconfigured to accommodate more people, and a Waldenbooks (which closed in 2010) opened on its southern side. Externally, mall entrances were remodeled with sun canopies and decorative towers to add exterior appeal. Parking layouts were rearranged to allow a three story parking garage at the future Nordstrom, and a two story garage at the recently refurbished Burdines.

The Terrace at Town Center, a lifestyle center addition, has recently been completed. The mixed-use development is in between Bloomingdale's and the Nordstrom parking garage.

Anchors[edit]

Town Center and The Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey are notable for being the only two in the USA that feature upscale anchors Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue under one roof.

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