Mall of New Hampshire
|Location||Manchester, New Hampshire, United States|
|Address||1500 South Willow Street|
|Management||Simon Property Group|
|Owner||Simon Property Group (49.1%)
CPP Investment Board (44.0%)
|No. of stores and services||120|
|No. of anchor tenants||5|
|Total retail floor area||930,000 square feet (86,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||1 (2 in J.C. Penney & Macy's)|
|Website||Mall of New Hampshire|
The Mall of New Hampshire is a shopping mall located in the Lower South Willow neighborhood of Manchester, New Hampshire. Its major anchoring stores are Macy's, Old Navy, JC Penney, Sears and Best Buy. The mall has over 120 stores as well as a large food court and is 930,000 square feet (86,000 m2), making it the third largest mall in New Hampshire after the Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem, and the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua, which opened in 1991 and 1986, respectively. This was the first large-scale shopping mall in New Hampshire; initial construction of the mall was completed in August 1977, though it has since been dramatically expanded.
The Mall of New Hampshire is managed by Simon Property Group, which owns 49.1 percent of it. The mall is also 44 percent owned by the CPP Investment Board, which manages the Canada Pension Plan national pension system.
The mall underwent a huge expansion and remodeling from late 1996 to early 1998. Sears was expanded in 1997 and remodeled. An older 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) Filene's was relocated to a newly built 160,000-square-foot (15,000 m2) store in a newer wing of the mall in early 1997. The old Filene's was demolished and rebuilt into a 2-level J. C. Penney in early 1998. The Lechmere closed in 1997 and became in 1998 a Best Buy and a Kitchen ETC. The food court was renovated in early 1998 and changed to a 550-seat food court. In 2006, as a result of the Federated/May merger, all Filene's locations, including the one at the mall, were closed, followed by most of them, including the Mall of New Hampshire location changing over to Macy's.
In April 2013, JCPenney went under another big renovation on both the top and bottom levels of their store, adding in a Sephora to help ease customers from going to the locations down at the Mall at Rockingham Park and the Pheasant Lane Mall. A Disney Shop is also included to replace the old store that is now an Apple Store as of September 2014. Apple Inc. decided on the store closure in late 2013 following a special announcement. Small Dog Electronics that was right next to the former Disney Store had also closed as well, making way for a new store that is already under construction.
The mall is located just off the South Willow Street exit (Exit 1) of Interstate 293, and has convenient access from the entire Golden Triangle of New Hampshire and portions of northeastern Massachusetts. Because of its location in south-central New Hampshire, the mall, along with other area malls draw a significant portion of its customer base from Massachusetts citizens, as well as residents of neighboring Maine and Vermont, wishing to take advantage of New Hampshire's lack of sales tax.
- J.C. Penney (101,388 sq ft.) (opened 1998)
- Macy's (165,000 sq ft.) (opened 1996 as Filene's)
- Sears (136,464 sq ft.) (opened 1977)
- Best Buy (41,000 sq. ft.) (opened 1998)
- Old Navy (unknown sq. ft.)
- A.C. Moore (opened 2005; closed late 2015); replaced with a GlowGolf (opened 2016)