Westfield Meriden

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Westfield Meriden
Location Meriden, Connecticut, U.S.
Address 470 Lewis Avenue, Meriden, CT 06451
Opening date 1971
Owner Westfield Group
No. of stores and services 142[1]
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 894,435 sq ft (83,095.7 m2)[1]
No. of floors Two
Parking 4,065[1]
Website Westfield Meriden

Westfield Meriden, originally, The Meriden Square Mall, and later Westfield Shoppingtown Meriden, is a shopping mall located in Meriden, Connecticut. At almost 900,000 square feet, Westfield Meriden is Connecticut's seventh largest mall, housing over 140 shops. The 5 anchors include Best Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods, JCPenney, Macy's, and Sears.[1] The Westfield Group acquired the mall in 1997.[2]

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The facility opened in 1971, originally a two-level, dumbbell shaped shopping center with two anchor stores, G. Fox and JCPenney.

The mall was expanded in 1993 and added a two level wing ending at a new Sears Department Store and also included a new food court, creating a "T" shaped floor plan.

In 1993, the G. Fox chain was converted to the Filene's as a result of a merger, and in 2006 this store became a Macy's.

The mall was expanded again in an ambitious renovation announced in 1997. The renovation saw an extra floor area of 147,425 sq ft (13,696.2 m2) added to the centre, as well as an additional 30 stores, creating a "+" shaped floor plan.[3] The new anchor, built opposite Sears, was Lord & Taylor, as the Westfield Group came through putting forth a $38 million revitalization and expansion plan. In addition to its new anchor, a parking garage was also was built beside the Sears on the end of the mall facing Lewis Avenue. The renovation was completed and officially opened in 1999.[4]

Since Westfield Meriden was built piecemeal in many different eras, it does not have much of a unified theme. The short cross-wing between JCPenney and Macy’s is the oldest section of the mall.

Lord & Taylor did not see a future at the mall. After only a few years, the store closed. Westfield quickly moved on with the vacancy by bringing two new “big box” anchors to the mall; Best Buy, which filled the former EbLens space, and Dick's Sporting Goods moved right into the Lord & Taylor empty space.

On January 15, 2014, it was announced that JCPenney would close its store by May 2014. [5]

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Coordinates: 41°33′03″N 72°48′13″W / 41.5508°N 72.8035°W / 41.5508; -72.8035