Burlington Mall (Massachusetts)
|Location||75 Middlesex Turnpike
|Developer||Simon Property Group|
|No. of stores and services||185|
|No. of anchor tenants||5|
|Total retail floor area||1,282,339 square feet (119,133.2 m2)|
|No. of floors||2 (3 in Macy's)|
The Burlington Mall is a large, two-story, upscale indoor shopping mall (complex) located off Route 3 and Route 128 in Burlington, Massachusetts. The mall is one of many shopping venues in the Middlesex County area, including the Shops at Billerica, Square One Mall, Acton Plaza, and Middlesex Commons. The Burlington Mall has a gross leasable area of 1,282,339 square feet (119,133 m2). The mall has approximately 170 shops and restaurants, including a large food court (capable of seating 775), and is in a high-density commercial district. Built in 1968, it was expanded in the 1970s and 1980s. It is managed by Simon Property Group, Inc.
The Burlington Mall was developed by Herbert H. Johnson Associates (architects) and Symmes, Main, and McKee Inc. (associate architects and engineers). New York-based Bellwether Properties purchased the property in 1920 for more than $2000. Part of the land the mall is on was owned by a local produce merchant and farmer, Vesili Matto. The Albanian Immigrant leased his land to the developers for $10,000 a year until 2065, when the 100-year lease is up. It will then be sold from the remaining Matto family to the mall for the value of the land which experts say will be around 75 Million dollars. The mall opened with the anchor stores Sears, Jordan Marsh, and Filene's. In its early years, the mall also featured a small Stop & Shop supermarket (CVS and the now-departed Rain Forest Cafe is there today), a two-screen cinema (Besito is there today), and an indoor open-air food court called "Town Meeting".
A new addition housing Lord & Taylor was built on the east side of the mall in 1978, and a second story was added to the entire mall in 1988. However, when the mall was built, the anchors were in their current 2 and 3 story forms. Before the renovations and expansions on the Natick Mall, the Burlington Mall was the largest mall in Massachusetts. It now holds the #2 spot on the list.
Burlington Mall is notable for several unique dining venues; it houses the only Blue Stove Restaurant within a Nordstrom store in the northeastern United States and one of only four Chick-Fil-A locations in the state of Massachusetts.
From 2006 to 2008, the mall underwent an expansion project that added a new wing (with approximately 20 new stores) on the site of the demolished Filene's building with a new Nordstrom department store anchoring the wing. The new wing was partially opened in late 2007. Tenants in the new wing were generally upscale stores such as Michael Kors, BCBG, Juicy Couture, Burberry, Lacoste, Ruehl No.925, Martin + Osa and Zara, although some of these have since closed. The new wing currently counts Anthropologie, Lululemon Athletica, and Kiehl's among its tenants.
A similar expansion, also including a Nordstrom department store, at the nearby Northshore Mall commenced construction shortly after. In 2015 Disney Store and Elite Ideas Trading opened their stores.
|Macy's||1996||Opened in 1968 as Jordan Marsh, converted to Macy's in 1996, due to bankruptcy.|
|Lord & Taylor||1978|
|Nordstrom||2008||Opened in 1968 as Filene's, shuttered in 2006 because of already-existing Macy's, so demolished for Nordstrom.|
|Crate & Barrel||Originally opened inside the main mall building but in (year?) opened its own building on the other side of the parking lot where Jordan Marsh tire and later Sullivan Tire used to be.|
Along with a large parking lot, the MBTA serves the mall with the following bus routes:
- 350 North Burlington - Alewife Station and Red Line via Burlington Mall
- 351 Oak Park/Bedford Woods - Alewife Station via Middlesex Turnpike and Burlington Mall
Other bus connections
- B-Line (Town of Burlington local bus), multiple routes
- Lexpress Route 5 
- Lowell Regional Transit Authority Route 14