Amigoland Mall

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Brownsville ITEC Center (formerly Amigoland Mall)
Location Brownsville, Texas
Coordinates 25°54′08″N 97°30′37″W / 25.9021°N 97.5104°W / 25.9021; -97.5104Coordinates: 25°54′08″N 97°30′37″W / 25.9021°N 97.5104°W / 25.9021; -97.5104
Address 301 Mexico Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA
Opening date 1974
Closing date 1999 (renovated as Brownsville ITEC Center, 2002)
Developer Melvin Simon & Associates
Owner University of Texas at Brownsville

Amigoland Mall was an enclosed shopping mall located in Brownsville, Texas. The former mall, which now houses a tech center, is now called the Brownsville ITEC Center.

The 647,000-square-foot (60,100 m2) mall, developed by Melvin Simon & Associates (now Simon Property Group), opened in downtown Brownsville in 1974, with Montgomery Ward, JCPenney (which also featured a JCPenney Supermarket), and Dillard's as anchors. Other early tenants included McCrory Stores, Walgreens, and a two-screen movie theater. It later gained Bealls as an additional anchor.

In 1999, both JCPenney and Dillard's relocated to nearby Sunrise Mall. The loss of these stores caused declining traffic at Amigoland.[1] The bankruptcy of Montgomery Ward a year later left the older mall devoid of anchors and shortly afterward, the mall was shuttered.

In 2002, the vacant mall was converted to classrooms and a tech center for University of Texas at Brownsville.[2]

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