|Location||Fort Myers, Florida, U.S.|
|Address||4125 S Cleveland Ave.|
|No. of stores and services||160|
|No. of anchor tenants||5|
|Total retail floor area||1,051,000 square feet|
|No. of floors||1|
Edison Mall is an enclosed, super-regional shopping mall in Fort Myers, Florida. The mall opened in 1965, and has been expanded many times since. Owned by WP Glimcher, the mall is anchored by J.C. Penney and Sears, as well as two Macy's stores and a Dillard's. The mall also includes more than 160 stores and a lifestyle center section. The mall itself is situated on just one floor, but all of the anchor stores (with the exception of Sears) have two floors.
George Sanders developed the Edison Mall, which opened in 1965 on U.S. Route 41 at Colonial Boulevard on the south side of Fort Myers. At the time, US 41 was only two lanes wide, and the only other businesses near the mall were a Publix supermarket and a drive-in theater, (which later became the site of a Kmart store, and is now a Floor & Decor). The mall's opening led to more commercial development south of downtown Fort Myers.
Upon its opening, the Edison Mall featured rival chains J.C. Penney and Sears as its anchor stores, making it the first mall in the United States to include both stores in the same mall. Both J.C. Penney and Sears stores were relocated from previous stores in downtown Fort Myers. J.C. Penney's previous store downtown was located in the Langford Building, and Sears' downtown store was located across the street in the Heitman Building. The Edison Mall also notably included a Woolworth's five-and-dime store.
The Tampa-based department store Maas Brothers also opened in 1965 as a third anchor in the center of the mall. This was their first store to be located in a shopping mall (they previously only operated freestanding stores in downtown areas), and they would later go on to open more locations in malls on the west coast of Florida. Maas Brothers also operated a restaurant on the second floor of the store.
George Sanders sold the mall to Aster Realty in 1979, and the mall received a major expansion the same year. A new wing was added along with the addition of a fourth anchor, Burdines. A second floor was also added to J.C. Penney in 1979.
Another expansion added J. W. Robinson's of Florida in 1985, whose Florida locations were acquired by Maison Blanche in 1987. Maison Blanche then sold its store and six others in Florida to Dillard's in 1991. Also in 1991, Maas Brothers was acquired by Burdines. Burdines moved its women's clothing into the former Maas Brothers building which was heavily renovated, while retaining men's clothing and home goods at the original location. Along with the rest of the Burdines chain, the two locations at Edison Mall were renamed Burdine's-Macy's in 2003, dropping the Burdine's name two years later.
A 1998 renovation to Edison Mall added skylights in the center court. In 2005, Simon announced a further renovation of the mall, which would add an outdoor lifestyle center wing and renovate the interior.
|J. C. Penney||1965||Original anchor to the mall. Was originally one floor; the second floor was added in 1979.|
|Sears||1965||Original anchor to the mall. It is the mall's only single-floor anchor.|
(as Maas Brothers)
|Originally Maas Brothers. It was converted to Burdines in 1991 becoming their women's clothing store after the two stores merged. Burdines later merged with Macy's in 2005.|
|Burdines original Edison Mall location. It later became their men's clothing and home furnishings store in 1991 after the company merged with Maas Brothers. Burdines later merged with Macy's in 2005.|
|Was sold by Robinson's to Maison Blanche in 1987. Maison Blanche later sold the store to Dillard's in 1991.|
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