Westfield Connecticut Post

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Westfield Connecticut Post
Location Milford, Connecticut, U.S.
Address 1201 Boston Post Road, Milford, CT 06460
Opening date 1960
Owner The Westfield Group
No. of stores and services 215[1]
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 1,334,000 square feet (116,332 m²)[2]
No. of floors 3
Website westfield.com/connecticutpost

Westfield Connecticut Post, originally the Connecticut Post Shopping Center and later the Connecticut Post Mall, is a three-story shopping mall, located on the Boston Post Road (Route 1) in Milford, Connecticut. It is currently the largest mall in the state of Connecticut[2] and is owned and operated by The Westfield Group. The mall currently houses over 215 retail stores. The 5 anchor stores are Dick's Sporting Goods, JCPenney, Macy's, Sears, and Target. The mall also features a 14 screen Rave (formerly Cinema De Lux) movie theater, including an IMAX theater.

History[edit]

The original, open-air mall was built by Sol Atlas[3] and opened in 1960,[4] anchored by a W. & J. Sloane furniture store and a Stop & Shop supermarket at opposite ends.[5] In 1962, the sixth branch of the Alexander's department store chain opened.[6] Following an early fire at the west end of the mall, a Caldor discount store was built as the new anchor.

In 1991, the mall was made enclosed. The mall underwent a renovation in the late 1990s which added the Skyview Cafe food court, and lost anchor Alexander's.

The Mall strongly opposed the proposed rival New Haven Galleria mall at Long Wharf, filing over 15 lawsuits.[7][8]

A $118 million[9] 480,000-square-foot (45,000 m2)[10] expansion project took place in 2005–2006, adding:

  • an additional level of parking
  • a 75,000-square-foot (7,000 m2)[10] third floor to Macy's
  • a large extension to the building with a 55,000-square-foot (5,100 m2)[10] movie theater (Connecticut Post 14, replacing the Milford Fourplex, previously located in an adjacent building. Was Cinema De Lux, now a Rave Cinema owned by Cinemark ), a new food court, and two more anchors, Dick's Sporting Goods and Target.
The North side of the Westfield Connecticut Post

Stores[edit]

Current anchors[edit]

Movie theatre[edit]

The Rave Cinemas theater is a 14 screen theatre, including a 30-foot by 60-foot curved screen IMAX auditorium, with enhanced audio and digital projection. In 2006, the theatre opened as a Cinema De Lux. By Late 2009/Early 2010, the theatre was sold to Rave Cinemas. In 2010, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 was the first movie shown after the conversion of one auditorium to IMAX was completed in November, 2010.[11] It is one of only four IMAX format screens in the state of Connecticut.[12] In 2013, the theatre was bought by Cinemark and the Rave brand was kept.

Former anchors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Westfield
  2. ^ a b "Largest Connecticut Shopping Malls". 
  3. ^ "Shopping Center Set for Milford", New York Times, July 29, 1956
  4. ^ International Council of Shopping Centers – "Fresh Start", by Debra Hazel – accessed January 27, 2007
  5. ^ Connecticut Post Center
  6. ^ "Alexander Chain Opens 6th Store", New York Times, August 21, 1962
  7. ^ Yale Herald Online – "New Haven sues Milford in latest Long Wharf mall battle", by Sangeetha Ramaswamy, 2000? – accessed January 27, 2007
  8. ^ New Haven Advocate – "Retail of Woe", by Carole Bass, 1998? – accessed January 27, 2007
  9. ^ Connecticut Post – link defunct
  10. ^ a b c New Haven Register – "Expansion of Milford mall off until spring" by Brian McCready, November 13, 2003 – accessed January 27, 2007
  11. ^ "IMAX comes to Milford, just in time for Harry Potter's newest adventure". The Connecticut Post. Accessed December 1, 2011.
  12. ^ "IMAX theatres". IMAX theatres within 100 miles of New Haven, Connecticut. Accessed December 1, 2011.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°14′13″N 73°02′17″W / 41.236965°N 73.038087°W / 41.236965; -73.038087