The Shoppes at Buckland Hills

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The Shoppes at Buckland Hills
The Current Logo of the Mall, Added by current owner GGP Inc
Location Manchester, Connecticut
Opening date 1990
Developer John Finguerra
Management GGP Inc.
Owner GGP Inc.
No. of stores and services about 145
No. of anchor tenants 7
Total retail floor area 1,180,000 sq ft (110,000 m2)
No. of floors 2
Website [1]

The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, formerly and commonly known as Buckland Hills Mall is a shopping mall located in Manchester, Connecticut and is currently owned by GGP Inc.[2]


John Finguerra, with his late business partner, Richard Ripps, began to dream up this vision for the area in 1972.[3] Finguerra worked for JCPenney, which has a 2 million sq ft warehouse once used for their now defunct catalog business in the immediate vicinity.

It was this familiarity with the landscape that left him with the conviction that the area was perfectly poised for a Regional Mall. Situated atop an elevated location, overlooking the valley, it was the perfect place to build a mall that was surrounded by what would become, with the help of the State, an Interstate Intersection perfect enough to support the traffic to the mall and future developments in the corridor.[4]

The mall was opened up in 1990, then known as the Pavilions at Buckland was opened up to a surprising amount of success, and spurred the development of the surrounding area.

A multimillion-dollar renovation and expansion of the shopping center was completed in October 2003, and its name changed to "The Shoppes at Buckland Hills" after a short time as the "Buckland Hills Mall".[5]

A large fight broke out at the mall on December 26, 2016. This resulted in the mall closing down briefly.[6]


The Old Front of the Mall it was painted black.

The main building has an area of 1,180,000 square feet (110,000 m2) on two floors. However, the name "Buckland Hills Mall"' can informally refer to the mall plus the cluster of surrounding retail stores, hotels, and restaurants on the hill, totaling nearly 6,000,000 square feet (560,000 m2) or 1/4 square mile.[5]

There are approximately 145 shops and eateries in the mall, as well as seven anchor stores, including Macy's Women's and Hon, Macy's Men's, Children's, Juniors, and Furniture, JCPenney, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sears, H&M, and Barnes & Noble. In 2006, Newbury Comics opened its first Connecticut store inside the mall.

The Shoppes at Buckland Hills is located off I-84, near the intersection of I-291.


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Coordinates: 41°48′25″N 72°32′45″W / 41.80694°N 72.54583°W / 41.80694; -72.54583