Westfield Connecticut Post
|Location||Milford, Connecticut, U.S.|
|Address||1201 Boston Post Road, Milford, CT 06460|
|Owner||The Westfield Group|
|No. of stores and services||215|
|No. of anchor tenants||5|
|Total retail floor area||1,334,000 square feet (116,332 m²)|
|No. of floors||3|
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 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.
The original, open-air mall was built by Sol Atlas and opened in 1960, anchored by a W. & J. Sloane furniture store and a Stop & Shop supermarket at opposite ends. In 1962, the sixth branch of the Alexander's department store chain opened. 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.
- an additional level of parking
- a 75,000-square-foot (7,000 m2) third floor to Macy's
- a large extension to the building with a 55,000-square-foot (5,100 m2) 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.
- Dick's Sporting Goods (part of former Caldor)
- JCPenney (155,000 sq ft.) (former Alexander's)
- Macy's (225,000 sq ft.) (originally G. Fox, later Filene's)
- Sears (194,000 sq ft.) (former Stop & Shop)
- Target (part of former Caldor)
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. It is one of only four IMAX format screens in the state of Connecticut. In 2013, the theatre was bought by Cinemark and the Rave brand was kept.
- Alexander's (155,000 sq ft.)
- Filene's (225,000 sq ft.)
- G. Fox (225,000 sq ft.)
- Stop & Shop (194,000 sq ft.)
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- Connecticut Post Center
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- New Haven Register – "Expansion of Milford mall off until spring" by Brian McCready, November 13, 2003 – accessed January 27, 2007
- "IMAX comes to Milford, just in time for Harry Potter's newest adventure". The Connecticut Post. Accessed December 1, 2011.
- "IMAX theatres". IMAX theatres within 100 miles of New Haven, Connecticut. Accessed December 1, 2011.