Warwick Mall

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Warwick Mall
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Location Warwick, Rhode Island, USA
Address

400 Bald Hill Road, Suite 100

Warwick, RI 02886
Opening date 1970
Developer Bliss Properties
Owner Aram Garabedian
No. of stores and services 80+
No. of anchor tenants 8 (7 with mall entrance)
No. of floors 1: Main concourse
2: J. C. Penney, Macy's,
Jordan's Furniture
Website http://www.warwickmall.com/

Warwick Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in Warwick, Rhode Island, on the north side of Interstate 295 near the junction with Interstate 95. Composed of more than 1,000,000 square feet (100,000 m2) of retail space, it features more than 80 stores and a food court. The mall opened for business in 1970, with Boston-based Filene's and Jordan Marsh alongside Providence-based Peerless and The Outlet, and national chain Woolworth as initial anchors, J. C. Penney being later added as a sixth anchor.

Since then, all the anchor stores and the interior of the mall have changed as a result of business closings and consolidations. Today, the mall has five main anchors: Macy’s on the northern side, Old Navy and J.C. Penney on the western side, and Target and Sports Authority on the south side of the mall. The mall also has a large food court, complete with a carousel, in the former Peerless anchor space.

The mall was largely flooded on March 30, 2010, during historic flooding of the nearby Pawtuxet River. The mall closed for five months after the flooding, with its "Preview" beginning in August and the Grand Reopening in October. The mall's final anchor, Macy's, reopened on March 16, 2011, and just over a month later, Jordan's Furniture announced on April 20, 2011 that it will open a new store in the vacated Old Navy and Caldor anchor space on the east side of the mall.

History[edit]

Early Years[edit]

Warwick Mall opened in 1970, 3 years after the nearby Rhode Island Mall opened. The mall opened with Filene's as its north anchor and Jordan Marsh as its south anchor. Inline along the east side of the mall were anchors, from north to south, Providence-based Peerless and The Outlet, and national chain Woolworth. By the early 1980s, JCPenney had opened as a sixth anchor along the west side of the mall, and Caldor had replaced The Outlet in 1977. This six-anchor arrangement began to negatively affect the mall, however, as it could only have 70 inline stores. Rhode Island Mall had gained an edge over Warwick Mall by the late 1980s, with its addition of a food court and more store space. In 1990, Peerless vacated its anchor spot.

The 1990s[edit]

In 1991, the mall received a major renovation. Many of the vintage elements of the mall were removed, and today's arched ceilings and arches at the entrance were added. A new fire alarm system had been installed. The clock and small fountain in the middle of the mall are remnants of the old design. The renovation also converted the vacant Peerless anchor space into a food court. This renovation positioned the Mall over the Rhode Island Mall as the dominant mall in the area.

Rhode Island Mall received a major blow in 1992 after May Department Stores closed its G. Fox & Co. anchor, in favor of its Filene's at Warwick Mall, which it expanded. In 1996, the Jordan Marsh was rebranded as a Macy's by Federated Department Stores. Woolworth closed in 1997, and its anchor space was purchased by Limited Brands. The space was divided among a combined Express, Bath & Body Works, and Structure, which still have their own exterior entrance. Caldor went bankrupt in 1999, but Old Navy quickly filled the first level of the anchor spot, with the second floor remaining vacant. Also in 1999, the Providence Place Mall opened in nearby Providence; however, the mall saw very little impact from this.

The 2000s[edit]

In the early 2000s, a Showcase Cinemas opened on one of the mall's outlots, joining several other outlet stores. In 2006, as a result of the Federated Department Stores buyout of May Department Stores, Macy's moved to the former Filene's space. As a result, the former Macy's anchor space at the south end of the mall was left vacant, with many speculated possibilities for filling it. By 2009, Target had opened up a store on the ground floor, and Sports Authority had opened in half of the second floor. The other half of the second floor and the third floor of the anchor space remain vacant.

The 2010s[edit]

Flood and Clean-Up[edit]

On March 30, 2010, catastrophic flooding from the nearby Pawtuxet River left the Warwick Mall under several feet of water. A mall security guard had to be rescued by boat because of the rising waters. The mall received national TV attention, highlighting the extreme flooding in Rhode Island on that date. Six to ten inches (254 mm) of rain fell in the area on March 29–30 in addition to the 3+ inches of rain the area received a week earlier on the 23rd.

By April 3, 2010, the floodwaters had receded. Most stores had to be completely gutted and all inventory declared a loss.[1]

The main portion of the mall had to be completely gutted up to four feet from the floor, due to water damage. The mall concourse received a new design, its first makeover since the 1991 renovation. New flooring was installed at the end of June, with porcelain tiles imported from Italy. Other changes in the mall decor include new topiaries and gardens within the mall concourse. The characteristic carousel was salvaged and restored, soft seating areas were added and a new flat screen television was purchased for the food court, along with the installation of new public washbasins.

Reopening[edit]

The businesses on outparcels of the mall, Longhorn Steakhouse, Showcase Cinemas, and Firestone were able to reopen by the start of May 2010. Sports Authority, despite being located above the flooded area on the second level, was unable to reopen until May 17, 2010, due to repair work required for the escalators and elevator. The first business to reopen on the ground level of the mall was Liberty Travel, which reopened on June 14, 2010.[2][3] Target reopened on July 11, with the next opening being Old Navy. When the Warwick Mall reopened on August 20, 2010, 25 stores were in operation. Various other stores had reopening dates in September, October and November.[4] The last anchor store, Macy's, reopened on March 16, 2011 (a "soft-opening" was held the previous Saturday, March 13).[5] The reopening was nearly one year, to the day, after the flood.

On April 20, 2011, Jordan's Furniture of Taunton, Massachusetts announced plans to open a store in the former Old Navy and Caldor anchor space. Unlike the Old Navy store, Jordan's footprint utilizes both floors of the anchor space for its 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) store, its first at a mall location. Jordan's Warwick Mall store opened on December 16, 2011. .[6] Two weeks later, Nordstrom Rack announced plans to open its first Rhode Island store at Warwick Mall in the Fall of 2012 as part of a newly developed wing.[7] Nordstrom Rack opened November 8, 2012. [8]

Anchors[edit]

Anchor Opened Notes
Macy's 2006 Original location opened in 1996 in former Jordan Marsh because of its bankruptcy, then moved to former Filene's space in 2006 due to purchase of May Department Stores by Federated Department Stores (Now Macy's, Inc.).
jcpenney 1983
Old Navy 2010 Origial location opened in 1999 in former Caldor, moved to former Waldenbooks space in 2010.
Target 2008 Opened in 1972 as Jordan Marsh, became Macy'sMacy's in 1996 due to bankruptcy, Macy's moved to former Filene's in 2006, 1st floor became Target in 2008.
Sports Authority 2009 Opened in 1972 as Jordan Marsh, became Macy's in 1996 due to bankruptcy, Macy's moved to former Filene's in 2006, 2nd floor became Sports Authority in 2009.
Showcase Cinemas 2002 Replaced General Cinema Corporation.
Jordan's Furniture December 2011 Opened in 1972 as The Outlet, became Caldor in 1977, became Old Navy in 1999, then Old Navy moved to former Waldenbooks, and then became Jordan's Furniture in December 2011.
Nordstrom Rack November 2012 Opened with a new wing in the mall.

Former Anchors[edit]

Anchor Opened Closed Notes
Jordan Marsh 1970 2000 Became Macy's in 2000, closed in 2006 to move to former Filene's space, became Target, Sports Authority, and Off-Broadway Shoes later on.
Filene's 1970 2010 Became Macy's in 2010 when it moved there from former Jordan Marsh.
The Outlet 1970 1981 Became Caldor in 1981, then became Old Navy in 1999, and them Old Navy moved to former Waldenbooks in 2010 and has been replaced by Jordan's Furniture in December 2011.
General Cinema Corporation 1970 Replaced by Showcase Cinemas.
Caldor 1977 2003 Opened in 1970 as The Outlet, replaced by Caldor in 1977, replaced by Old Navy in 2003, then Old Navy moved to former Waldenbooks in 2010 and got replaced by Jordan's Furniture in December 2011.
Woolworth 1970 2001 Divided into smaller stores.
Peerless 1970 1994 Location is now occupied by the mall's food court.

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