Westfield Sarasota Square

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Westfield Sarasota
Westfield Sarasota Square Logo.svg
Location Sarasota, Florida, USA
Address 8201 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34238
Opening date 1977
Developer Arlen Realty and Development Corporation
Management Westfield Group
Owner Westfield Group
No. of stores and services 144
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 850,000 ft²
Website http://westfield.com/sarasota

Westfield Sarasota Square, formerly Sarasota Square Mall, is a shopping mall in Sarasota, Florida. Its four anchor stores are Costco, JCPenney, Macy's and Sears. Westfield Group bought the center in 2002, and renamed it "Westfield Shoppingtown Sarasota", dropping the "Shoppingtown" name in June 2005, and becoming "Westfield Sarasota Square".

The mall is one of two Westfield-owned properties in Sarasota, the other being Westfield Southgate.

History[edit]

Arlen Realty and Development Corporation, a predecessor of CBL & Associates Properties, announced Sarasota Square Mall in 1976. Original tenants included Maas Brothers, J. C. Penney, and J. Byrons, with early tenants including Camelot Music, Kinney Shoes, and Morrison's Cafeteria.[1] Sears was added in 1979.[2] An expansion completed in 1988 added Parisian, which was the store's second location outside its home state of Alabama.[3] Maas Brothers became Burdines in 1991, Burdines-Macy's in 2003, and Macy's in 2005.

In 1995, it was reported that Parisian had planned to sell its store to Dillard's. According to the plan, if Dillard's failed to acquire the Parisian store, it would instead build its own store adjacent to J. C. Penney, and the Parisian site would be sold to Jacobson's.[4] Dillard's ultimately opened in the former Parisian building in 1996.[5] Westfield Group acquired the mall in 2003 from then-owners Coyote Group, and renamed it Westfield Sarasota Square.[6]

Dillard's closed its Westfield Sarasota Square store, along with a nearby store at DeSoto Square in Bradenton, in 2009.[7] The Sarasota Square store was demolished and replaced with a Costco in 2012.[8]

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