Regency Square Mall (Jacksonville)
|Location||Arlington, Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
|Coordinates||N 30.321205, W-81.551487|
|Address||9501 Arlington Expressway|
|Opening date||March 2, 1967|
|Owner||Namdar Realty Group
Mason Asset Management
|No. of stores and services||170|
|No. of anchor tenants||5 (2 vacant)|
|Total retail floor area||1,390,000 square feet (129,135.2 m2)|
|No. of floors||1 (2 in anchors)|
|Website||Regency Square Mall Website|
Regency Square Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. Opened in 1967, the mall features more than 100 stores, including five anchor stores (three are closed) (Dillard's Clearance Center, JCPenney, and a food court. It is owned by Namdar Realty Group and Mason Asset Management.
Regency Square Mall was a $12 million project of Regency Centers, constructed at an expanse of sand dunes. It initially featured three anchor stores: national chain JCPenney, along with May-Cohens and Furchgotts. The mall also included a Woolworth dime store as a junior anchor, as well as a cafeteria style Piccadilly restaurant. In outparcels, the single-screen (later twinned) Regency Cinema opened on the northeast corner of the property, and Annie Tiques bar and restaurant opened on the southwest corner.
According to an Urban Land Institute study published by the Florida Times-Union in 1979, it was one of the most profitable retail centers in the nation, with yearly average sales of $156/ft² versus a national average of $88/ft². To give back to the community, the mall operators turned over thousands of dollars in coins from their decorative fountains to charities. All types of social events, from art shows to science fairs to horticultural exhibits were held there.
In 1981, a $30 million major expansion nearly doubled the size of the mall, adding Sears and a relocated Ivey's. The former Ivey's became Furchgott's, and the existing May-Cohens was also enlarged. As a result of this expansion, the mall comprised two separate segments: the original mall between JCPenney and May-Cohens, and the new segment between May-Cohens and Sears. Furchgott's was closed in 1985 when the chain merged with Stein Mart. Unlike the other Furchgott's stores, the one at Regency Square did not become a Stein Mart, as the mall management considered the chain too low-end for the mall. A food court and a six-screen AMC theater was added midway along the east wing. The southwest outparcel was removed to make room for the expansion, requiring Annie Tiques to open a new location years later at the Jacksonville Landing when it opened in 1987.
In 1990, the Regency Twin theater on the northeast corner of the property closed, and Picadilly's Cafeteria moved from inside the mall to the new structure they built in its place.
Dillard's, who had rebranded the Ivey's store in June 1990, built a new location onto the West Wing, which opened -along with 28,000 square feet (2,600 m2) of new inline store space- in 1992. The mall's Woolworth closed in July 1997. Ivey's former store became Montgomery Ward.
In 1998, the Gayfer's parent company, Mercantile Stores, was purchased by Dillard's. As was the case in most other markets where Dillard's and Gayfer's overlapped, the former Gayfer's store was then sold to Belk, thus bringing that chain to Jacksonville for the first time. The store was in the process of a second expansion when the nameplate was converted. The mall also underwent a $30 million renovation in 1998, which comprised the addition of a new, 24-screen AMC movie complex on the northwest corner of the property to replace the existing six-screen theater inside the mall. A substation of the Jacksonville Sheriff's office was also added, as was a food court. Old Navy also came to the mall in the late 1990s.
Regency announced formal conduct and dress codes in 1999 to deal with offensive or intimidating behavior and gang activity. Because the mall is private property, management has the right to ask individuals not in compliance to leave the premises.
Montgomery Ward closed in 2001, and Burdines expressed interest in moving into the vacated building. Starting in 2003, General Growth began talking with other retailers, such as Kohl's (which did not operate any stores in Florida at the time) to fill the space vacated by Montgomery Ward. Finally, in 2006, Homeworks Furniture opened in the former Montgomery Ward space, but it later closed.
Since 2000, crime has become a major issue at Regency Square. Over 1,000 incidents were reported in 2004, the highest ever. Between September, 2007 and September, 2008, 650 unlawful acts were documented by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, more than the combined total of crimes at Jacksonville's other two major retail centers, The Avenues Mall and St. Johns Town Center. On January 26, 2008, a suspect was killed by an off-duty policeman who was called to pursue a fleeing man who had stolen a pair of jeans from the mall's Belk store. The shoplifter shot the officer four times before being fatally wounded himself.
In a 2010 Arlington vision plan, citizens recognized the Regency Square Mall property as being ripe for redevelopment, with the potential to attract new businesses and consumers. The comprehensive report covered environmental, economic, and quality of life issues in the Greater Arlington region. The groups approach to the mall property was to redevelop the land with transportation and density in mind. The approach would entail mix-used structures, a gridded street pattern, and infill development. Emphasis is put on the vastness of the area and its equitable size to downtown.
Just as customers shifted from stores in the city center to Regency Mall when it opened in 1967, Regency lost business with the opening of the Avenues Mall in 1990, St. Johns Town Center in 2005, and River City Marketplace in 2006. At the end of 2011, Regency's occupancy rate was just over 74%, but two years later, it had dropped below 38%. Belk began construction of a new store nearby, and announced in Sept 2014 the Regency store would close on its completion In August 2013, General Growth Properties put the mall up for sale. It was marketed as a "turn key" power center redevelopment opportunity.
In February 2014, a press release announced the sale of Regency Square for $13 million to a pair of businesses from Great Neck, New York: Mason Asset Management and Namdar Realty Group.
On April 21, 2016, Sears announced they would be closing this location in July. The Sears that was at Regency Square is now permanently closed.
In the summer of 2016, International Decor Outlet is expected to open up to 80 storefronts in Regency Square Mall. This comes after the announcement that locally based Impact Church will take over the former Belk location as well.
Anchors & Major Retailers
The largest retail space was occupied by Sears with 216,711 sq. ft before Sears closed its store. Three department stores are similarly sized, with former Belk (which closed down its store) at 188,827 sq. ft., Dillard's Clearance Center in 182,444 sq. ft., and JCPenney occupying 176,019 sq. ft. As of 2012, there was one vacant anchor space of 115,000 sq. ft., originally home to Montgomery Ward and later, Homeworks Furniture. Smaller tenants included Champs Sports/World Foot Locker (37,505 sq. ft.) and Lunar Mini Golf utilizing 24,440 sq. ft. Sears and Dillards each own their respective store buildings and parking lots, with the remainder belonging to Namdar Realty Group and Mason Asset Management.
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