Glenbrook Square

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Looking Toward The Lower Level Food Court From Carson's
Glenbrook Square
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
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 when the cross-town Chicago rival acquired all of Landau & Heyman's remaining malls.

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,[1] 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. [2] In total, Glenbrook Square has a gross leasable area of 1,210,000 square feet (112,000 m2).[3]

Glenbrook Square features five anchors: Barnes & Noble, Carson's, JCPenney, Macy's and Sears. Macy's (originally L.S. Ayres) 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,[4] and a Habitat for Humanity gift-wrapping station and display of Department 56 houses that operated during several holiday seasons.[5]

On December 12, 2012, GGP announced that Carson's would anchor the long-vacant space starting in the fall of 2013.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 50 stores were damaged in the incident,[9] but all five anchor stores (Barnes & Noble, Carson's, Macy's, JCPenney, Sears) were unaffected. Most affected stores were repaired and reopened within weeks, and all damaged stores except Express (which reopened the following week) reopened by Black Friday 2013.[10]

Like many GGP malls, Glenbrook Square has a partnership with Habitat for Humanity.[11] 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.


  • Barnes & Noble (opened 2007) 26,869 square feet on one level
  • Carson's (opened 1981 as Hudson's, converted to Marshall Field's in 1997, closed 2005; renovated and reopened as Carson's in 2013) 122,000 square feet on two levels
  • JCPenney (opened 1976) 191,617 square feet on two levels
  • Macy's (opened as L.S. Ayres in 1966; rebranded as Macy's in 2006) 242,199 square feet on three levels
  • Sears (opened 1966) 221,000 square feet on two levels
Macy's at Glenbrook Square

Food Court & Attractions[edit]

As of now, the Glenbrook Mall Food Court includes Charley's Grilled Subs, Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, Sarku Japan, Sbarro, Subway, Eats Diner, Mexi Grill, Shawrma Mediterranean Grill, and Ruby Thai Kitchen. [12] Prior to the 1998 renovations, an ice rink occupied the present site of the food court. Aside from the food court, Glenbrook Square also houses a TGI Friday's and Red Robin.[13] Auntie Anne's also has two Glenbrook Square locations, including one next to H&M and Sears, and a Dairy Queen also resides near (but not in) the food court. Starbucks operates a location in the hallway between Macy's and Sears.[14] Two Dippin' Dots vending machines are located across from Finish Line, and Pepsi vending machines can be found in multiple in-mall locations.

In 2004, a double-decker carousel built by Chance Morgan was introduced to the food court.[15] A soft children's play area and several children's rides are also available, located next to Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Other Services[edit]

Granite City Food & Brewery, McMahon's Best-One Tire & Auto Care, Jared The Galleria of Jewelry, and Target also have stores on GGP-owned land at or near Glenbrook Square. With the exception of Granite City, these retailers are not considered Glenbrook Square retailers although they are on mall land.

Fifth Third Bank has exclusive rights to ATMs at Glenbrook Square, and operates two ATMs. They are located near Barnes & Noble and in the food court.

Glenbrook Commons[edit]

Glenbrook Commons is an outdoor strip center adjacent to Glenbrook Square. Although originally developed by Landau & Heyman, the center is not owned by GGP and is currently managed by Zamias Services.

Glenbrook Commons is anchored by Toys R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Dunham's Sports, Verizon Wireless, Shoe Show, Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana, Ollie's Bargain Outlet, and Avenue.


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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