|Location||Clearwater, Florida, USA|
|Address||27001 US Highway 19 North, Suite 1039, Clearwater, FL 33761|
|No. of stores and services||165|
|No. of anchor tenants||4|
|Total retail floor area||1,210,199 sq ft (112,431.2 m2)|
|No. of floors||2|
Westfield Countryside (formerly Countryside Mall) is a shopping mall in Clearwater, Florida. Situated near the coastline on the Gulf Coast, it serves over 9 million customers every year. Its current anchor stores are Dillard's, JCPenney, Macy's, and Sears. A non- NHL-sized ice rink also resides in the center of the mall.
The mall opened on September 8, 1975. Opening anchors included Maas Brothers and Sears, with JCPenney and Robinson's opening a year later. Of the four original anchors, Sears and JCPenney currently remain; Maas Brothers is now a Macy's (formerly Burdines), and Robinson's is now Dillard's. A six screen movie theater was built next to the mall across from JCPenney. However, declining attendance led it to close in 2000; it has since become a Lifestyle Family Fitness center.
In 2002, as part of their expansion into the United States, Westfield Group acquired Countryside Mall in a $4.8 billion deal that involved 13 other shopping centers. The mall was renamed "Westfield Shoppingtown Countryside" by the new owners, dropping the "Shoppingtown" name in June 2005.
In April 2009, work for a $12 million renovation project began. The mall's interior look was completely updated with new relocated escalators, flooring and ceilings, additional skylights, an expanded children's play area, and a completely redesigned food court. Dozens of planters and fake columns were removed, and an entourage of new stores were brought to the mall. The renovations were completed in November 2009.
In December 2011, an upscale Countryside Cobb-12 Cinema was added to the 2nd Level of the mall. In 2012, Westfield Countryside also added Bar Louie, BJ Brewhouse & Restaurant, Grimaldi's Coal Fired Pizzeria and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. In 2013, PF Chang's China Bistro was added to finish out "Restaurant Row".
In the Summer of 2013, Westfield Countryside will continue to renovate the mall exterior entrances and work will begin inside of Sears on Pinellas County's only Whole Foods, which is expected to open in early 2014.
- Westfield Countryside Official website