Sangertown Square

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Sangertown Square
Sangertown.jpg
Sangertown Square atrium
Location New Hartford, New York, United States
Opening date 1980
Owner The Pyramid Companies
No. of stores and services 80
No. of anchor tenants 8
Total retail floor area 880,000[1]
No. of floors 1 (2 within JCPenney)
Website http://www.sangertown.com

Sangertown Square is a shopping center located in New Hartford, New York between New York State Route 5 and New York State Route 8 near Utica, New York. Sangertown Square is a single-story mall, and comprises over 800,000 square feet (74,000 m2) of leasable retail space. The mall was built in 1980 and has about 80 stores and a central food court. Department stores include Boscov's, Dick's Sporting Goods, DSW, Inc., J. C. Penney, and Macy's.[2]

History[edit]

The mall opened in 1980 with Sears, Bradlees, Hess's, and J. C. Penney. Bradlees converted to Target in 2002,[3] and Hess's to Kaufmann's before becoming Macy's in 2006.

In 2003, the mall's once sunken center court was elevated, and brick ornamentation around its food court columns were removed.

In 2007, the unique "boulder" fountain in front of JCPenney was buried with wood chips and artificial vegetation.[citation needed] All of the globular tinted glass torches have been removed due to remodeling which occurred in June 2013. There was originally a fountain within the food court, but it was later removed due to noise issues.[citation needed] The fountain in front of the Sears entrance was removed as well in the early 2000s. The only current fountain is in front of the Macy's entrance. However, this fountain has been up for discussion for removal as well. In the summer of 2013, the "boulder" fountain in front of JCPenney was removed. The mall has had many entertainment options including arcades, and nice sit-down restaurants over the years, but in recent years many have left. The only arcade closed in late 2011 for construction of DSW Shoe Warehouse. The last sit-down restaurant, Friendly's, closed in January 2013, bringing other smaller food stores along such as Gertrude Hawk and Chicken Now (now closed), leaving only 7 restaurants.

Stores which have also closed include McDonald's, Hoyts Cinema, Old Navy, Circuit City, GameStop, Friendly's in 2013, RadioShack, Sears and Express in 2015, and Gap and Hallmark in early 2016. Hess's closed in 1990 and was replaced by Kaufmann's which closed in 2006.

There have been several plans to expand Sangertown Square, but many have never left the drawing board. Past plans included a 1998 expansion and retrofit for the Sears and JCPenney stores as well as construction of a 900 space parking garage[4] and the proposed 2004 ThEATery.[5]

In 2014, work to modernize Sangertown Square began, which includes new seating, decorative lightning, new tile, exterior entrances, and an improved landscape. Another addition will be Buffalo Wild Wings which will open in the former Circuit City building.

In June 2015, Sears closed its Sangertown Square location, which was converted to a Boscov's one year later.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Pyramid Companies (2008). "The Pyramid Companies - Portfolio". Sangertown Square - New Hartford, NY. Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  2. ^ http://romesentinel.com/county/luxury-retail-outlet-entertainment-complex-in-offing-for-resort/QBqnks!f3Dw3ScMoGcuSZ3zBbCig/
  3. ^ "Sangertown Square's future a mystery". Observer-Dispatch. Utica, N.Y. June 27, 2015. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ Frank Tomaino (2008). "This week in history: Advice for Conkling". Sangertown Square - New Hartford, NY. Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  5. ^ Casey Dickinson (2004). "Pyramid brings theaters to CNY". CNY Business Journal. Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  6. ^ http://www.timestelegram.com/article/20160330/NEWS/160339947
  7. ^ Madison, Samantha (March 30, 2016). "Department store to move into former Sears space at Sangertown". Herkimer (N.Y.) Telegram. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 

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