Glenbrook Square

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Glenbrook Square
Glenbrook square mall fort wayne.jpg
A view of the mall, looking from Carson's
Location Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Opening date 1966
Developer Landau & Heyman
Management General Growth Properties
Owner General Growth Properties
No. of stores and services 130
No. of anchor tenants 5 (4 when Carson's closes)
Total retail floor area 1,210,000 sf
No. of floors 2

Glenbrook Square is located at 4201 Coldwater Road, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Built in 1966 by Chicago-based Landau & Heyman and originally known as Glenbrook Center, Glenbrook Square has been owned and managed by General Growth Properties (GGP) since 2003. The major anchor stores are J. C. Penney, Sears, Macy's, and Carson's. (Closing Summer 2018)[1]


Since the mall's opening in 1966, Glenbrook has been expanded and/or renovated five times. These expansions and renovations occurred in 1976, 1981, 1990, 1994, and 1998; with the 1976, 1981, and 1998 renovations also being major expansions. Glenbrook Square annually receives over 15 million visitors,[2] and is the only enclosed super-regional mall in northeast Indiana. Based on leasable square feet, Glenbrook Square is also one of the three largest malls in the state of Indiana along with Castleton Square in Indianapolis and Southlake Mall in Merrillville. [3] In total, Glenbrook Square has a gross leasable area of 1,210,000 square feet (112,000 m2).[4]

Glenbrook Square features five anchors: Barnes & Noble, Carson's, JCPenney, Macy's and Sears. L.S. Ayres (now Macy's) and Sears are Glenbrook Square's two original anchors, in continuous operation since the mall's opening. The buildings for JCPenney and Carson's were added in the 1976 and 1981 expansions, respectively, while the Barnes & Noble store was converted in 2007 from several smaller stores. In addition to five anchors, Glenbrook Square contains 152 stores and kiosks, along with twelve restaurants.

Hudson's, and later Marshall Field's, operated a store at Glenbrook Square in the space currently occupied by Carson's from 1981 until May 2005 (shortly before the Federated Department Stores/May Co. merger). Macy's, Inc., the successor company to both Federated and May, continued to own the former Marshall Field's store until December 12, 2007, when Macy's sold the vacant store back to GGP for $1 million. Between GGP's acquisition of the space from Macy's and the search for a new anchor, the former Marshall Field's space was used in several ways. These included temporary retailers such as Glowgolf, a fashion show sponsored by local Christian radio station WLAB Star 88.3,[5] and a Habitat for Humanity gift-wrapping station and display of Department 56 houses that operated during several holiday seasons.[6]

On December 12, 2012, GGP announced that Carson's would anchor the long-vacant space starting in the fall of 2013.[7] Carson's began construction in January 2013 and opened to the public on September 10 at 9:00AM of that year after over $1.6 million in renovations to the space.[8] The holiday Habitat for Humanity display continued for one more season at a new location in the mall in the Carson's wing.

A water main break occurred at Glenbrook Square on October 31, 2013 during overnight hours.[9] 50 stores were damaged in the incident,[10] but all five anchor stores were unaffected. Most affected stores were repaired and reopened within weeks, and all damaged stores except one reopened by Black Friday 2013.[11]

Like many GGP malls, Glenbrook Square has a partnership with Habitat for Humanity.[12] The mall provides used building materials to the group, and donates all change placed in the fountain in front of JCPenney to charities including Habitat and The Rescue Mission, the latter being a local Fort Wayne group focused on helping the homeless.[citation needed]

In April 2018, it was announced that the Carson's store would close due their parent company, The Bon-Ton, going out of business.[1]


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Coordinates: 41°6′54.8″N 85°8′17.1″W / 41.115222°N 85.138083°W / 41.115222; -85.138083