Dover Mall

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Dover Mall
Dover Mall entrance near Boscov's.jpg
Dover Mall entrance near Boscov's
LocationDover, Delaware, USA
Address1365 North Dupont Highway Ste. 5061
Dover, DE 19901
Opening date1982
ManagementSimon Property Group
OwnerSimon Property Group (34.1%)
No. of stores and services85+[1]
No. of anchor tenants7 (6 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area928,000 square feet (86,200 m2)[2]
No. of floors1
ParkingParking lot
Public transit accessBus transport DART First State bus: 106, 108, 109, 112, 120
WebsiteDover Mall

The Dover Mall is a shopping mall located on U.S. Route 13 in Dover, Delaware. Anchors of the mall are Boscov's, Macy's, JCPenney, Old Navy, Dick's Sporting Goods, and a 14-screen AMC Theatres. It is a one-level, enclosed regional mall that is owned by Simon Property Group. At 886,000 square feet (82,300 m2),[1] it is the third biggest mall in Delaware, boasting approximately 85 shops and a food court.

Location[edit]

The Dover Mall is located along U.S. Route 13 (North Dupont Highway) in the northern part of the city of Dover in Kent County, Delaware, and serves as the only enclosed mall in the Dover area. The mall is situated in a retail corridor and is located just north of Dover International Speedway and Dover Downs and across the street from Delaware State University. The Dover Mall is located a short distance south of an interchange with Delaware Route 1.[2][3] Dover Mall is served by DART First State bus routes 106, 108, 109, 112, and 120, which provide local bus service to points in Dover and Kent County.[4]

Description[edit]

The Dover Mall is a one-level shopping mall that has a gross leasable area of 928,000 square feet (86,200 m2) and contains about 85 stores. The mall is anchored by JCPenney, Macy's, Boscov's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Old Navy, and a vacant anchor spot last occupied by Sears. The Dover Mall also has a food court and a 14-screen AMC Theatres. The Dover Mall complex also includes a strip mall called Dover Commons. The Dover Mall offers tax-free shopping and has a trade area that covers the city of Dover and much of Kent County, while also attracting tourists who visit the Dover area.[2]

History[edit]

Dover Mall near JCPenney

Built in 1982, the Dover Mall was the second climate-controlled enclosed mall in Dover, following the Blue Hen Mall (now the Blue Hen Corporate Center) a few miles south on Bay Road. The Dover Mall was built as a second mall for the Dover area for Sears and other department stores after Sears was unable to come to an agreement to build a store at the Blue Hen Mall. The opening of the Dover Mall led to the subsequent decline of the Blue Hen Mall.[5] The mall was originally anchored by Boscov's, Leggett (later Strawbridge's; now Macy's), and Sears.

The mall was renovated in 1992. JCPenney became the mall's fourth department store when it opened in August 1993, relocating from the Blue Hen Mall. Later that year, the Dover Mall became the first shopping mall in the state to ban smoking. Leggett closed its store at the mall on March 15, 1997. It was replaced by Strawbridge's, which opened on November 21, 1997. During the same time period, Boscov's underwent a substantial renovation and expansion, and Sears completed an interior renovation. In 1999, Carmike Cinemas expanded from six screens to fourteen, and the mall food court was enlarged and renovated. It was converted to AMC Theatres in 2017.

The Mills Corporation acquired the mall in 2003 from Cadillac Fairview. At the time of the purchase, the Mills Corporation announced a preliminary proposal to add approximately 500,000 sq ft (46,000 m2). of new stores and entertainment venues. The mall's Strawbridge's store was converted to Macy's on September 9, 2006. In April 2007, the Simon Property Group acquired the mall along with the other Mills Corp. malls. It is Simon's only Delaware property and at least the third owner since 2000. In 2013, the Dover Mall added several new stores, including a new 53,183 sq ft (4,940.9 m2) Dick's Sporting Goods that opened on November 10, 2013.[6][7][8]

On May 3, 2018, it was announced that the Sears at Dover Mall would be closing as part of a plan to close 42 stores nationwide. Liquidation sales began on May 18, 2018 and the store closed in August 2018.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dover Mall Directory". Simon Property Group. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Dover Mall Fact Sheet" (PDF). Simon Property Group. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  3. ^ Google (May 22, 2018). "overview of Dover Mall" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "Routes and Schedules". DART First State. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  5. ^ Gest, Jayne (June 17, 2009). "Blue Hen Corporate Center loses one more tenant". Dover Post. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2010.
  6. ^ Flood, Chris (February 27, 2013). "Area looking forward to Dover Mall expansion". Delaware State News. Archived from the original on February 26, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
  7. ^ Natoli, Cori Anne (June 30, 2013). "Dick's store at Dover Mall will alter market for sports". The News Journal. Wilmington, DE. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  8. ^ Brown, Ashton (November 4, 2013). "Dick's Sporting Goods set to open at Dover Mall". Delaware State News. Archived from the original on June 10, 2015. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
  9. ^ Gronau, Ian (May 21, 2018). "Dover Mall Sears closing in August". Delaware State News. Retrieved May 21, 2018.

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Coordinates: 39°11′39″N 75°32′23″W / 39.1942°N 75.5398°W / 39.1942; -75.5398