Dolphin Mall

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Dolphin Mall
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Location Sweetwater, Florida
Coordinates 25°47′15″N 80°22′50″W / 25.7876°N 80.3806°W / 25.7876; -80.3806Coordinates: 25°47′15″N 80°22′50″W / 25.7876°N 80.3806°W / 25.7876; -80.3806
Opening date 2001
Developer Taubman Centers
Owner Taubman Centers
Architect Beame Architectural Partnership, Miami
No. of stores and services 240+
No. of anchor tenants 13
Total retail floor area 1,400,000 square feet (130,000 m2)
No. of floors 2
Parking 7,800 free spaces
Website www.shopdolphinmall.com

Dolphin Mall is a shopping mall in Sweetwater, Florida west of Doral and Miami.[1] There are over 240 retail outlets and name-brand discounters as anchors.

The mall opened in 2001,[2] the first of four Taubman Centers malls to open that year. (The others are: The Shops at Willow Bend north of Dallas, Texas, International Plaza and Bay Street in Tampa, and The Mall at Wellington Green in Wellington in Palm Beach County.)

The mall is built like the "Mills" outlet malls owned by Simon Property Group, which include South Florida's largest outlet mall and Dolphin's main competitor, Sawgrass Mills, and similar to Taubman's other outlet mall, Great Lakes Crossing. However, the mall is divided into three districts: Playa (Beach), Ramblas (Boulevards), and Moda (Fashion), and has nine zones.

With 1,400,000 square feet (130,000 m2) of retail selling space, it is the second-largest mall in Miami-Dade County. Being near Florida International University, it is a popular hang-out place for students.[citation needed]

A few years prior when the mall was first planned, Dolphin Mall was to have over 2,200,000 sq ft (200,000 m2), a roller coaster, a 28-screen Regal Cinemas, and over 300 shops. Once Taubman Centers owned property rights in 2000, the center was downsized to its current 1,400,000 sq ft (130,000 m2), no roller coaster, and a 19-screen Cobb Theaters in the second level in the "Ramblas" Zone.

H&M will soon open in the Playa zone.

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Expansion[edit]

Taubman Centers announced that an expansion and renovation of Dolphin Mall is currently underway that will bring five new restaurants, additional and improved valet parking, as well as 900 new parking spaces. The two-phase project began in mid-2014 and is expected to be completed by Fall 2015.

Phase 1 was completed in November 2014 which added 360 new parking spaces on the east side of the property by Forever 21 and Marshall's HomeGoods. It also improved access and efficiency to the existing valet parking to the east side of the Ramblas Plaza that is adjacent to the mall's main entry. Additionally, LED lighting upgrades were made to the Ramblas Plaza.

Phase 2 began in January 2015. This project includes a three level supported parking deck near Sports Authority adding 857 new parking spaces, the addition of a second valet area, the renovation of Ramblas Plaza, including new furniture, planters, ornamental shading, LED lighting and more. In addition, a 32,000 square foot restaurant expansion will bring five new restaurant including BRIO Tuscan Grille, Burger & Beer Joint, Cabo Flats Cantina & Tequila Bar, Kona Grill and a 5th restaurant, still to be named. Brio and Kona will open in September, Cabo Flats in November, and Burger and Beer Joint in December.

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