Burlington Mall (Massachusetts)

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Burlington Mall
Burlington Mall.jpg
Burlington Mall in 2014
LocationBurlington, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates42°28′56″N 71°12′50″W / 42.48212°N 71.21398°W / 42.48212; -71.21398Coordinates: 42°28′56″N 71°12′50″W / 42.48212°N 71.21398°W / 42.48212; -71.21398
Address75 Middlesex Turnpike
Opening date1968
DeveloperSimon Property Group
No. of stores and services176[1]
No. of anchor tenants4 (1 under redevelopment)
Total retail floor area1,313,125 square feet (121,993.3 m2)
No. of floors2 (3 in Macy's)
Websitewww.simon.com/mall/burlington-mall

Burlington Mall is a shopping mall located in Burlington, Massachusetts. It was opened in 1968, and most recently expanded in 2006–08, bringing the property to 1,313,125 square feet (121,993 m2) of gross leasable area and 176 tenants. It is currently managed by Simon Property Group.

As of 2019, the mall is anchored by department stores Lord & Taylor, Macy's, Nordstrom, and fast fashion retailer Primark. Previous anchors include department stores Filene's, Jordan Marsh, and Sears.

History[edit]

Opening[edit]

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 (Bank of America 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.

Expansions[edit]

A second story was added to the entire mall in 1988. However, when the mall was built, the anchors were in their two- and three-story forms. Before the renovations and expansions on the Natick Mall were finished in 2007, the Burlington Mall was the largest mall in Massachusetts. It holds the #2 spot on the list.

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 November 2007. Tenants in the new wing include upscale stores such as Michael Kors, Burberry, Lacoste, Anthropologie, Lululemon Athletica, Kiehl's and Zara as its tenants. A similar expansion, also including a Nordstrom department store, at the nearby Northshore Mall commenced construction shortly after. In 2015, The Disney Store and Elite Ideas Trading opened their stores.[1]

Burlington Mall is also notable for several unique dining venues and it was home to the Blue Stove in Nordstrom (but is no longer there), and one of only a few Chick-Fil-A locations in the state of Massachusetts. The mall also once had a Rainforest Cafe which was opened in October 1998 and it was used in Paul Blart: Mall Cop during the chase scene, until it closed in April 25, 2016 and was replaced by the Arhaus Furniture Store.[2]

Redevelopment[edit]

On December 7, 2016, the Irish clothing retailer, Primark, opened in the former upper level of Sears.[3]

On January 4, 2018, it was announced that Sears would be closing as part of a plan to close 103 stores nationwide. The store closed in April 2018, making it the last original anchor store to close.[4] On April 9, 2018, Simon announced plans to repurpose the Sears with new shops and restaurants. It is one of the five malls owned by Simon that will redevelop a former Sears.[5] Construction is expected to be completed in late 2019 or early 2020.

List of anchor stores[edit]

Name No.
of floors
Year
opened
Year
closed
Notes
Filene's 2 1968 2006
Jordan Marsh 3 1968 1996
Lord & Taylor 2 1978 N/A
Macy's 3 1996 N/A Replaced Jordan Marsh
Nordstrom 2 2007 N/A New construction that replaced Filene's site
Primark 1 2016 N/A Replaced the second level of Sears
Sears 2 1968 2018 Downsized to first floor in 2015

In popular culture[edit]

Kevin James filming Paul Blart: Mall Cop at Burlington Mall

The 2009 film Paul Blart: Mall Cop was filmed at the mall, representing the fictional West Orange Pavilion Mall.[6] Around this time, the mall had several stores that were used in the film and are no longer in business, such as a KB Toys store, which appeared in a deleted scene (replaced by a Payless ShoeSource store), and a The Sharper Image store, from which during a scene in the film, Blart grabs a camera to find out where Veck Sims (Keir O'Donnell) is holding the hostages (replaced by a Sur La Table store).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Burlington Mall Massachusetts - MA, Burlington, MallsAndStores.info. Accessed: 19 April 2015
  2. ^ "Burlington Mall Announces New Arrivals This Holiday Season". www.nshoremag.com. Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  3. ^ "Fast fashion retailer Primark set to open new store in Burlington Mall".
  4. ^ "Sears in Burlington to close in April".
  5. ^ Zaks Equity Research (April 10, 2018). "Simon (SPG) Announces Plan to Transform Former Sears Stores". Nasdaq. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  6. ^ "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" – via www.imdb.com.

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