Aerial view of Northshore Mall in July 2016
|Opening date||September 1958|
|Management||Simon Property Group|
|Owner||Simon Property Group &
two institutional investors
|No. of stores and services||120|
|No. of anchor tenants||4|
|Total retail floor area||1,115,000 square feet (103,600 m2)|
|No. of floors||2|
The Northshore Mall is an upscale shopping mall in New England and is located on Route 114 near Route 128 in Peabody, Massachusetts. It is currently anchored by Nordstrom, Sears, J. C. Penney,and Macy's (split into two locations). A recently completed redevelopment reconfigured the center, which is approximately 1.685 million ft². Most of the mall is located on one level, although the Nordstrom wing was built on two levels; and all the anchor stores are at least two stories - Sears is three stories, and prior to its demolition to make way for Nordstrom, the former Macy's/Jordan Marsh was four stories. Additionally, there are varied stores with basement locations scattered throughout the mall, such as DSW.
The Northshore Shopping Center first opened in September 1958 as an outdoor open-air shopping center. The center occupied a field that was formerly owned by Elias Hasket Derby whose daughter Elizabeth and son-in-law Nathaniel West built Oak Hill Estate designed by Samuel McIntire, which was then sold to Richard S. Rogers as a summer residence in 1850. His son Jacob C. Rogers and his wife sold parts of the interior to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and sold the property in 1922 to the Congregation of St. Francis Xavier who would establish the St. Joseph Juniorate, which remained at the location for 33 years. Portions of the 100-acre (0.40 km2) land had been used for farming purposes and included a dairy while other parts had gardens and fountains. The estate was later torn down and in 1955, Allied Stores bought the land and built the shopping center.
Originally, the center was planned for Beverly instead. It was anchored by Jordan Marsh and an adjoining Filene's, and included Sears, as well as Kresge, J.J. Newberry, RH Stearns, and Stop & Shop. Recreational facilities at the time included a bowling alley, a cinema, and a small amusement park called Kiddietown next to the old Sears & Roebuck, where Toys R Us now sits.
The shopping center has been home to the St. Therese Society of Mt. Carmel Chapel since 1960. It is the first chapel ever built within a shopping center, paving the way for another Carmelite chapel to open at Bergen Mall in New Jersey as well as other mall chapels throughout the country at places such as Plymouth Meeting Mall. There is an elevator adjacent to the main entrance next to Joe's Bar & Grill which leads to the chapel, the chapel gift shop, and a dental office. The mall also houses the Peabody Police Department Community Outreach Center. The shopping center went through several changes in the 1970s and 1980s, including the expansion of Sears to a full-line anchor. Eventually, starting with a small section near the Sears store, the entire center was enclosed to better compete with nearby Liberty Tree Mall constructed by New England Development in 1972.
During the original construction in 1958, a unique underground delivery tunnel was incorporated that ran the entire length of the mall. Prior to the mall enclosure, snow cleared from the central concourse was dropped through traps into dumptrucks in the tunnel below. This tunnel is still in use today for delivery and refuse removal.
In 1986 Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. acquired an interest in North Shore Shopping Center from Allied.
In 1992 the shopping center was acquired by New England Development, which initiated a major renovation that expanded the mall to almost 1.7 million ft² when completed in 1994. On the northwest end of the mall, Filene's built a replacement store where the amusement park once was, while Lord & Taylor constructed a new store at this end as well, with both stores opening in 1993. A new food court was added adjoining the former Filene's site, which was gutted and rebuilt for the addition of J. C. Penney. In 1999 New England Development sold the mall to a joint venture led by Simon Property Group, which also assumed management of the center. In 2001, Apple Retail began, and the shopping center was chosen by Apple as its first Apple store in the North East of the United States. When the Apple Store opened, which is located by the new Nordstrom Wing, it was the 6th Apple Store ever open in the world.
Except for the renaming of Jordan Marsh in 1996 to Macy's, the mall's structure and anchors remained essentially intact from 1994 until 2005, when May Department Stores (the then parent of Lord & Taylor and Filene's) was acquired by Federated Department Stores (the owner of Macy's). In March 2006, Federated briefly closed the Filene's store, before using the space to relocate its Macy's store that May (the remainder of the Filene's stores were renamed Macy's later that year). In June 2006, Federated converted the Lord & Taylor branch into a Macy's Mens & Home store after Simon announced an agreement with Nordstrom to open a store at Northshore Mall in 2009. Plans called for the gutting and demolition of the original 1958 former Jordan Marsh store for a new wing of mall retail space, the construction of a new Nordstrom at the end of the new wing, and for Macy's to increase buying space for the Men's and Home departments. Federated Department Stores completed the Lord & Taylor conversion before selling the brand to Saks Fifth Avenue. The new wing opened on November 4, 2009. Unlike the rest of the mall, it has stores on two floors, both of which connect to and have access to Nordstrom. The food court entrance was also renovated and expanded, with the additions of The Cheesecake Factory, which opened in October 2007, and P.F. Chang's China Bistro, which opened in early 2009. Scosso Ristorante & Martini Bar opened in November 2012.
|J. C. Penney||138,212 ft²||1994|
|Macy's Men's and Home Store||120,000 ft²||2008||Lord & Taylor|
|Sears||240,200 ft²||1958||Expanded since opening|
- "Labelscar: Northshore Mall; Peabody, Massachusetts". Labelscar. Retrieved 21 December 2014.