Lakeland Square Mall

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Coordinates: 28°05′29″N 81°58′41″W / 28.091359°N 81.977932°W / 28.091359; -81.977932

Lakeland Square Mall
Lakeland Square Mall Lakeland, FL April 2017 (34633288415).jpg
Entrance to Lakeland Square Mall, April 2017
LocationLakeland, Florida
Opening date1988; 31 years ago (1988)
DeveloperEdward J. DeBartolo Corporation and Homart Development Company[1]
ManagementBrookfield Properties Retail Group
OwnerBrookfield Properties Retail Group
No. of stores and services92
No. of anchor tenants7 (5 open, 2 vacant)
Total retail floor area890,000 sq ft (83,000 m2)
No. of floors1
Parking4,500
Public transit accessBus transport Citrus Connection bus: 1, 15, 47, 61
Websitewww.lakelandsquare.com
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Lakeland Square Mall is a shopping mall located on the northern side of Lakeland, Florida. It is one of two enclosed malls serving Polk County. It is the only shopping mall located off of I-4 between Tampa and Orlando, and it serves the populations of western Polk County.

The shopping mall has four anchor stores, including the Burlington Coat Factory, Dillard's, J. C. Penney, and Cinemark Theaters. some notable tenants/stores at the mall are H&M,victorias secret,Bath & Body Works,PINK and rue21. When it opened, it had featured Mervyns and Sears, but also had Belk (now Burlington Coat Factory), with Maison Blanche opening a few months later.[3] Both the Mervyns and Maison Blanche stores became Dillard's; the former Mervyn's location was shuttered in 2012, with Dillard's consolidating to the former Maison Blanche.[4] The former Mervyns/Dillard's building was torn down in 2013 and replaced with a Sports Authority and movie theater.

In 2015, Sears Holdings spun off 235 of its properties, including the Sears at Lakeland Square Mall, into Seritage Growth Properties.[5]

On May 25, 2016, it was announced that Sports Authority would be closing as it is going out of business. The store closed in late August 2016, with urban air opening later in its place.

In January 2017, Macy's announced it would close its Lakeland Square Mall store as a part of a larger round of closings across the country.

On October 15, 2018, it was announced that Sears and Sears Auto Center would be closing as part of a plan to close 142 stores nationwide.[6]

On March 7, 2019, it was announced that Charlotte Russe would be closing at the Lakeland Square Mall as part of a company wide liquidation plan of over 500 stores nationwide.

In February 2019, it was announced that tenant Payless ShoeSource would be closing as a result of the company wide liquidation.

"Crazy 8," "Yankee Candle," and "Things Remembered" stores have closed as of April 2019. Lakeland Square Mall has been the main upscale shopping center for Lakeland during the 1990s, but since 2005 it has lost Belk to the competing Lakeside Village, an open-air lifestyle center that opened on the south side of the city.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kuhn, Brad (May 8, 1995). "New Mall Brings Developer Back Homart Teamed Up On Various Projects". Orlando Sentinel.("Homart teamed up with DeBartolo again for Lakeland Square Mall, which opened in 1988.")
  2. ^ "Lakeland Square Mall". Brookfield Properties Retail Group.
  3. ^ "Lakeland Ledger - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com.
  4. ^ KENNEDY, KYLE (February 20, 2012). "Dillard's to Close One Of Lakeland Mall Stores". The Ledger.
  5. ^ http://www.seritage.com/retail/property/3800-us-hwy-98-n/3312500/landing
  6. ^ Pera, Eric. "Lakeland Sears part of corporate shutdowns". The Ledger. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  7. ^ MAREADY, JEREMY (October 30, 2005). ""Is This Town Big Enough for Two Malls?", The Ledger". The Ledger.

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