Gulf View Square
|Developer||Edward J. DeBartolo|
|Owner||Simon Property Group|
|No. of stores and services||100+|
|No. of anchor tenants||5|
|Total retail floor area||754,000 square feet|
Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation first proposed Gulf View Square in 1974. At the time, its anchor stores were slated to be Sears, Maas Brothers, Belk-Lindsey, and Robinson's of Florida. The mall opened in March 1980 with Belk-Lindsey and Montgomery Ward as its anchor stores. Maas Brothers opened in August 1981, with Sears following in July 1982.
Dillard's bought the Belk-Lindsey store in 1992. A food court was added in 1998. In 2001, Dillard's relocated from the former Belk to the former Montgomery Ward. As a result, the former Dillard's store was demolished in 2002 for Linens 'n Things and Best Buy. Linens 'n Things closed in 2008 and became TJ Maxx in 2010. Burdines became Burdines-Macy's in 2003 and Macy's in 2005. Old Navy, which opened in 2000, closed in 2009.
A new management team began managing the mall in 2011, and announced plans to bring new stores. JCPenney ended its 24-year run as anchor on August 2, 2014. On January 8, 2015, Macy's announced they plan to close their location in the mall sometime by May 2015.