Sawgrass Mills

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Sawgrass Mills
Sawgrass Mills.jpg
The enrterance to the Sawgrass Mills at night
LocationSunrise, Florida, United States
Opening date1990
DeveloperSimon Property Group
OwnerSimon Property Group
ArchitectArquitectonica
No. of stores and services355+
No. of anchor tenants24
Total retail floor area2,383,906 square feet (221,472.1 m2)[1] ranked 11th
No. of floors1 (2 in Brandsmart USA and parking garage)
Websitesawgrassmills.com
The "Oasis" section of the Sawgrass Mills.

Sawgrass Mills is an outlet shopping mall operated by the Simon Property Group, in Sunrise, Florida, a city in Broward County. With 2,383,906 square feet (221,472.1 m2) of retail selling space,[1] it is the eleventh largest mall in the United States, the largest single story outlet mall in the U.S., the largest shopping mall in Broward County, the second largest mall in Florida and the Miami metropolitan area after the Aventura Mall, and the third largest shopping mall in the southeastern United States. It opened in 1990 as the third mall developed by the now-defunct Mills Corporation (now part of Simon Property Group), and has been expanded four times since then, most recently in 2013. There are over 300 retail outlets and name brand discounters, with anchors including Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue, and Super Target.

Because of its size, Sawgrass Mills is divided into three parts: the main mall with four main "Avenue" sections and a "Fashion Avenue" subsection; "The Oasis at Sawgrass Mills", an outdoor component opened in 1999 including GameWorks which is now GameRoom, Regal Cinemas, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Nordstrom Rack, The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, Texas de Brazil, and Yard House. "The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills" was opened in 2006 as an upscale lifestyle area with shops and restaurants, anchored by Last Call By Neiman Marcus. Additionally, there are numerous "outparcel" stores and plazas.

History[edit]

The Phase I mall was dedicated in two stages. The first opened October 4, 1990 with the BrandSmart USA/Sears Outlet wing at the eastern end, extending past the Garden Food Court (next to Bealls, previously the Hurricane Food Court), to the Books-A-Million store at the western end of the mall. A second stage, dedicated November 15, 1990, extended the mall westward of the Books-A-Million store, past the second food court, the Market Food Court (next to The Sports Authority, previously the Sports Food Court) to the Marshalls/Spiegel Outlet (now Neiman Marcus Last Call Clearance Center) wing. Cobb Theatres (became Regal Cinemas in 1997) built an 18-screen cinema located at the Northeast corner of the mall, opening in December 1991.[2] A Target Greatland was added to the East Wing of the mall, opening in March 1992. It was expanded into a SuperTarget-format store in mid-2006. Phar-Mor was another early anchor to the mall.[3]

A Phase II addition, known as Veranda Main Street, opened November 14, 1995. It ran parallel to the middle mall corridor and contained T.J. Maxx, Service Merchandise and the first location of Last Call From Neiman Marcus. This section is currently anchored by T.J. Maxx (in the old Service Merchandise/American Signature Home space). This expansion was followed by The Oasis extension, opened April 15, 1999. It brought the mall out from near Burlington Coat Factory to Regal Cinemas (which was expanded to 23 screens). A parking garage was added in 2002 directly across the outside entrance to Burlington Coat Factory. Wannado City, an indoor amusement park with entry fee, opened in 2004.

The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills expansion opened in 2006. It was an outdoor expansion featuring outlets of more upscale brands such as St. John, Burberry, Coach, Barneys New York, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade, and Tommy Bahama and restaurants such as Grand Lux Cafe, P. F. Chang's China Bistro, Villagio, and Zinburger. The Colonnade Outlets had expansions completed in 2009 and 2016 with the latest expansion featuring Tory Burch, John Varvartos, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Ted Baker, and Florida's first Matchbox restaurant.[4] A new parking garage opened next to the Colonnade Outlets in 2016 to accommodate more mall visitors.

Originally, the concourses had names and each turn was considered a rotunda or court and named for the style of stores it contained. The original mall concourses (running west to east) were Modern Main Street, Mediterranean Main Street, Art Deco Main Street and Caribbean Main Street. The courts were (running west to east) Entertainment Court, Cabana Court, Video Court, Rotunda Court and New Ideas Court. This proved harder to keep in effect as anchors and internal stores changed. Later, Mall Entrances were named after the parking lot areas, i.e., Yellow Toucan, Green Toad, Purple Parrot, White Seahorse, Red Snapper, Blue Dolphin, Pink Flamingo and New Ideas Court. In the mid-2000s, inspired by rival Dolphin Mall in Miami, the mall transitioned into the current "Avenues" sections.

There was a kid's animatronic display in the Cabana Court, between Books-A-Million and the Rainforest Cafe, featuring singing flamingos and alligators welcoming the public to Sawgrass Mills. It was set up like a swamp and allowed people to toss coins into the shallow water which were donated to local charities. It was later converted to a waiting area designed after a ship, still with alligators, and then into the current Cha Cha's playground. Wannado City closed in 2011.

In 2013, Sawgrass Mills opened a new wing called Fashion Avenue in the former site of Wannado City.

Local retailer L. Luria & Sons was slated to open an anchor at Sawgrass Mills.[3] A lawsuit ensued when catalog showroom chain Service Merchandise opened instead, as the Luria company blamed Mills Corporation for choosing Service Merchandise instead.[5]

An expansion is scheduled to open in 2018 called the "Town Center at Sawgrass Mills" which will feature 25 full-price retailers, 4 new sit down restaurants, and another new parking garage for 2,000 vehicles. The new expansion will be situated next to the recently expanded Colonnade Outlets and will act as an extension to the Colonnade Outlets.[6]

An aerial shot of the Sawgrass Mills Mall in Sunrise, Florida.

Anchors[edit]

Store Opened Previous stores Notes
Bed Bath and Beyond 1990
Bloomingdale's The Outlet Store 2010 Books-A-Million
BrandsMart U.S.A. 1990
Burlington Coat Factory 1990
Camille La Vie
Century 21 Department Store 2016 VF Outlet (until 2015)
Dick's Sporting Goods 2017 The Sports Authority
Forever 21 2013 Wannado City
GameRoom/Johnny Rockets 2011 GameWorks
Gap Outlet
H&M 2017 TJ Maxx (1995-2017)
Marshalls 1990
Last Call by Neiman Marcus 1995
Nike Factory Store
Nordstrom Rack
Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse 2003
Rainforest Cafe 1996
Regal Cinemas 1997 Cobb Cinemas
Ron Jon Surf Shop 1999 (old), 2012 (new) Legal Sea Foods Moved to former Legal Sea Foods location in 2012, with the old store becoming Old Navy
Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th
Super Target 2006 Target Greatland (1992–2006)
T.J. Maxx 1995 (old), 2017 (new) American Signature Home (2003-2016), Service Merchandise (1990-2002) Moved to former American Signature Furniture location in 2017, with the old store becoming H&M
Texas De Brazil 2017 Hard Rock Cafe (1999-2004) remained abandoned until Barbie Dreamhouse Experience (2013-2015) took over the space
TrendMax 2017 JCPenney Outlet
Urban Planet 2014 Spec's Music

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sawgrass Mills Archived 2008-12-05 at the Wayback Machine., International Council of Shopping Centers. Accessed August 2, 2008.
  2. ^ Russel, Candice. "Sawgrass 18, Florida`s Largest Movie Theater, Opens In Sunrise". tribunedigital-sunsentinel.
  3. ^ a b Mills attracts category dominators: Sawgrass melds off-pricers with factory outlets – Sawgrass Mills, outlet shopping center | Discount Store News | Find Articles at BNET.com
  4. ^ danny (2017-04-18). "Matchbox American Kitchen Opens First Florida Location". Food Newsfeed. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  5. ^ Luria's of Florida Wins Ruling against Big Rival, Service Merchandise.(Originated from The Miami Herald) – Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News – HighBeam Research
  6. ^ Valverde, Miriam. "Sawgrass Mills expanding with full-price shopping center: Town Center at Sawgrass". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved 2017-08-08.

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Coordinates: 26°09′05″N 80°19′15″W / 26.151353°N 80.320778°W / 26.151353; -80.320778