University Town Plaza

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University Town Plaza
Location Pensacola, Florida
Opening date 1974
Closing date 2013
Developer Retail Planning
Owner Simon Property Group
No. of stores and services 2
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area TBD
No. of floors 1

University Town Plaza is an outdoor shopping mall in Pensacola, Florida. It is being developed on the site of the former University Mall, which operated from 1974 to 2013.

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University Mall opened in 1974 with J. C. Penney, Sears, and McRae's, in its first location outside Mississippi.[1] The mall was largely damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, but all three anchor stores soon reopened.[2] Plans were first announced in 2007 to redevelop the mall, which had been losing stores, but retain all three anchors.[3]

Belk, which bought the McRae's chain, closed its store at the mall in 2011 and consolidated into a newly relocated store at Cordova Mall.[4] In 2013, Simon began demolition of the mall property, and announced the newly redeveloped mall would include Academy Sports + Outdoors, Burlington Coat Factory, and Toys "R" Us. The first phase of renovation would also include a new series of inline shops including Famous Footwear, Motherhood Maternity, and a Jimmy John's restaurant.[5] J. C. Penney and Sears have remained operational at the mall.

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