Cape Cod Mall

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Cape Cod Mall
Cape Cod Mall wing 2.jpg
Wing of the mall at night in 2014
Location Hyannis, Massachusetts,  USA
Opening date June 15, 1970[1]
Management Simon Property Group
Owner Simon Property Group (49.1%)
No. of stores and services 115 (capacity)
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 821,000 square feet (76,000 m2)[2]
No. of floors 1; 2 in Macy's (both locations) and Barnes & Noble
Website Official website
Information acquired from fact sheet[3]

Cape Cod Mall is a regional shopping mall located in Hyannis, Massachusetts, United States. Its anchor stores are Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Sears, Marshalls, Macy's and Macy's women's/accessories store.[4] In addition, the mall features a food court and a twelve screen, stadium style movie theater. Cape Cod Mall is managed by Simon Property Group, which owns 49.1% of it. The mall currently has a gross leasable area of 821,000 square feet (76,000 m2) following the completion of the late 1990s expansion, as well as the addition of a two-story, 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) Barnes & Noble Bookstore in 2000,[5] and a minor expansion to the previous Filene's department store (from 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2) to 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2)), which became Macy's women's and accessories store in April 2007.[6][7]


Early history[edit]

The Cape Cod Mall was proposed in the late 1960s as a super-regional retail center for Barnstable County, due in part to rapid population growth. Before the mall was built, a Storyland theme park resided in its location. On June 15, 1970, the mall was opened to the public, with an initial capacity of approximately 50 stores (30-40 were occupied at the time), and was anchored by Sears, Filene's and Woolworth's, all of which formerly had locations in downtown Hyannis on Main Street. Today, the only remaining original tenants are Sears and CVS.

Behind the mall were two movie theaters, with two screens each. In 1977, Filene's was expanded to two levels, making it the first location on Cape Cod with escalators.[1] The following year, a new wing was added on the south side of the mall, with 25 additional stores and a fourth anchor, Jordan Marsh. The mall remained basically the same for the next two decades, with a small food court added and an interior renovation completed in the mid-1980s. In 1993, Woolworth's, which by that time was experiencing financial problems, announced their plans to close the mall store, and had vacated by early 1994. In 1996, Jordan Marsh was converted into Macy's after Federated Department Stores merged the chains.

Until 1985, the mall theaters competed directly with the Hyannis Drive-In Theater which was located right down Route 132.

Acquisition by Simon[edit]

Cape Cod Mall barbershop, one of the original tenants of the mall

The mall's largest renovation began in 1998, the same year that Simon acquired the mall (the company currently owns 49.1% of it).[8] An additional wing was built, extending through and beyond the shuttered Woolworth space. This expansion brought 40 new stores, as well as anchor stores Best Buy, Marshalls (which formerly had a store behind the mall) and a two-story Barnes & Noble (which formerly had a smaller store in the Kmart plaza directly across the street). A larger food court, with over 10 vendors, seating for approximately 500 people, a central cathedral skylight and a carousel, was also added at the time. Other projects included doubling the size of Sears (to nearly 140,000 square feet (13,000 m2) in total) and constructing a 12-screen, stadium seating cinema complex (the only one of its kind in Barnstable County).[8] The old cinemas behind the mall were demolished for parking space.

Recent history[edit]

In 2005, the May Department Store chain, which included Filene's, was acquired by Federated Department Stores, who owned Macy's. Consequently, in 2006, Federated converted the Filene's store into a Macy's women's/accessory store (in addition to their "main" store, the former Jordan Marsh).[4][9] As a result, Cape Cod Mall is one of the few malls to incorporate a second Macy's store following the acquisition of May Department Stores by Federated, enabling Macy's to offer approximately 225,000 square feet (21,000 m2) of total floor space, on par with many of the larger Macy's stores nationwide. The other malls to incorporate a second Macy's (following the closure of its Filene's (or Lord & Taylor) store) is Fox Run Mall in Newington, New Hampshire and Northshore Mall in Peabody, Massachusetts.

On 20 September 2014, three Afghanistan military officers visiting Camp Edwards went missing from the mall during an event where they were to be introduced to American culture. They were later found trying to enter Canada while asking for asylum near Niagara Falls.[10]

Anchor Stores[edit]

  • Barnes & Noble: 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2)
  • Best Buy: 28,000 square feet (2,600 m2)
  • Macy's:
    • Macy's Men's, Children's and Home Furnishings (124,000 square feet (12,000 m2); formerly Jordan Marsh)
    • Macy's Women's and Accessories (100,000 square feet (9,300 m2); formerly Filene's)
  • Marshalls: 22,000 square feet (2,000 m2)
  • Sears: 140,000 square feet (13,000 m2)


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Coordinates: 41°40′03″N 70°17′53″W / 41.667477°N 70.297951°W / 41.667477; -70.297951