Lakeland Square Mall
Entrance to Lakeland Square Mall, April 2017
|Developer||Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation and Homart Development Company|
|Management||Brookfield Properties Retail Group|
|Owner||Brookfield Properties Retail Group|
|No. of stores and services||92|
|No. of anchor tenants||7 (4 open, 3 vacant)|
|Total retail floor area||890,000 sq ft (83,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||1|
|Public transit access||Citrus Connection bus: 1, 15, 47, 61|
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. 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. 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. The former Mervyns/Dillard's building was torn down in 2013 and replaced with a Sports Authority and movie theater.
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.
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 would be closing as part of a plan to close 142 stores nationwide.
On March 7th 2019 it was announced that Charolotte Russe would be closing at the Lakeland Square mall as part of a company wide liquidation plan of over 500 stores nationwide.
The mall also announced it would close Payless shoe source as it had filled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
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.
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