Eagle Ridge Mall

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Coordinates: 27°57′14″N 81°36′57″W / 27.9540°N 81.6157°W / 27.9540; -81.6157

Eagle Ridge Mall
Location Lake Wales, Florida
Opening date 1996
Developer General Growth Properties
Owner Tabani
No. of stores and services 89
No. of anchor tenants 3 (2 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area 624,579 square feet[1]
No. of floors 1
Website eagleridgemall.com

Eagle Ridge Mall is a regional, enclosed shopping mall located on the north side of Lake Wales, Florida. This mall has two anchor stores: JCPenney and Dillard's. It also has a Regal Cinemas, which has twelve theatres, and a large entertainment center, which contains a bowling alley, a large video arcade, a restaurant and meeting rooms. On the north side of the mall is a large food court and a carousel. Sears relocated from an existing mall, Winter Haven Mall, in nearby Winter Haven.[2]

History[edit]

In June 1998, Eagle Ridge Mall had a large sinkhole appear in the children's play area, in the central pedestrian traffic corridor of the mall. This hole measured 80 feet (24 m) across and 14 feet (4.3 m) deep. While efforts to stabilize and fix this sinkhole were underway, a second sinkhole developed in the Sears store. These were stabilized and all areas of the mall were reopened. The publication of American Society of Civil Engineers in October 1999 contained a study detailing how these sinkholes were fixed.[3][4]

In 2000, Belk had proposed to relocate to the mall from Northgate Shopping Center in Winter Haven, but instead built a store on the site of the former Winter Haven Mall after it was torn down.[5]

In April 2009, the company which then owned Eagle Ridge Mall filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. General Growth Properties, Inc., the mall's owner, owned 358 malls and shopping centers in forty-four states. This at the time was said to be the largest real estate bankruptcy in United States history.[6] It was sold to Madison Marquette, and again in 2013 to Tabani Group.[7] Sears announced closure of the Eagle Ridge Mall store in late 2016.[8]

In January 2018, two IEDs went off at the mall.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flyer -- Tabini Group" (PDF). Tabinigroup. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  2. ^ "Lakeland Ledger - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  3. ^ "Hole Still Open, Stores Closed". tribunedigital-orlandosentinel. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  4. ^ "Compromise Orifice Geometry to Minimize Pressure Drop". cedb.asce.org. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  5. ^ "Lakeland Ledger - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  6. ^ "Owner of Lakeland, Lake Wales Malls Files For Bankruptcy". TheLedger.com. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  7. ^ "S4_LakeWales". postnewsads.com. Retrieved 22 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "Sears and Kmart are closing more stores — see if your store is on the list". Retrieved 23 January 2018. 
  9. ^ CNN, Madison Park and Joe Sutton,. "2 IEDs explode at Florida mall, police say". Retrieved 22 January 2018.