Security Square Mall

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Security Square Mall
Location Woodlawn, Maryland, U.S.
Address 6901 Security Blvd.
Opening date 1972
Management Hicks & Rotner Retail Inc.
Owner Capital Investment Associates
No. of stores and services 120[1]
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 1,040,000 sq ft (97,000 m2)[1]
No. of floors 1 (2 in Seoul Plaza)
Website www.securitysquare.com

Security Square Mall is a large mall in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The mall features over 100 stores and restaurants, as well as a food court, with Burlington Coat Factory, Macy's, Old Navy and Sears serving as anchor stores. One section of the mall, Seoul Plaza (formerly JCPenney), previously included Korean shops and restaurants, however most of these establishments had closed by 2010.[2] Modell's Sporting Goods at Security closed down in late 2008 and now is a USA Discounters store. The Security Square Mall is located adjacent to the North American School Of Trades.

History[edit]

Anchor stores[edit]

Security Square Mall opened in 1972.[3] Original anchor Hochschild Kohn's sold its store to Hutzler's, who closed the store in 1989,[4] and subsequently sold it to Montgomery Ward. Woolworth closed in 1997 and was replaced with Burlington Coat Factory.[5] Montgomery Ward closed in 2001 and became Modell's Sporting Goods three years later.[6]

J.C. Penney closed its store at Security Square in 2001 due to declining sales. Two years later, the two-story J.C. Penney space was converted to Seoul Plaza, a "mall within a mall" consisting of several Korean shops and restaurants, as well as a Grand Mart supermarket.[7] The Grand Mart closed in May 2008. Modell's closed in mid-2008. In 2005, home goods retailer Anna's Linens opened its first Maryland store at Security Square.[8] One year later, Hecht's was converted to Macy's.

Renovations[edit]

Privately held realty company Capital Investment Associates purchased Security Square Mall in 1997 and hired Hicks & Rotner Retail, Inc. to manage leasing. The next year, as part of its plan to revitalize, and make an upscale shift in the mall, the new management team signed eight new retailers. It also redesigned other parts of the mall including the food court, restrooms, and landscaping.[9][10]

In 1999, the mall increased security measures throughout, including the relocation of the security offices to center court.[11]

Transportation[edit]

Security Square Mall is very close to Baltimore Beltway exit 17. While this exit cannot be accessed by motorists on I-70, there is an exit to Security Boulevard from the end of I-70 about 2 mi (3.2 km) from the mall.

The parking lot of the mall is a hub for several Maryland Transit Administration bus routes. These include Routes 15, 20, 44, and 57. In addition Route 77 and QuickBus (a limited-stop bus service) operate along Security Boulevard past the mall. Some routes operate to other nearby locations between 1 AM and 6 AM when the mall's bus stop is closed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Leasing". Security Square. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  2. ^ Melody Simmons (19 November 2010). "Seoul Plaza at Security Square Mall put up for sale". The Daily Record. thedailyrecord.com. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  3. ^ "Lease Language: Turning temporary tenants". Retail Traffic Mag. 2001-10-01. Archived from the original on October 17, 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-10. 
  4. ^ "Say Hutzler's may close its third store". Daily News Record. Highbeam.com. 10 May 1989. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  5. ^ Mirabella, Lorraine (15 July 1999). "Security mall to get Burlington Coat store; Discount clothing chain might pull outlet from Reisterstown Road Plaza". The Baltimore Sun. pqarchiver.com. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  6. ^ Walter, Andrea K. (12 August 2004). "Modell's blitzes Baltimore". The Baltimore Sun. pqarchiver.com. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  7. ^ "'Seoul Plaza' to open in Security Square Mall". Baltimore Business Journal. Bizjournal.com. 12 September 2003. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  8. ^ "Lease Signings". The Dealmakers. tenant-search.net. 11 November 2005. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  9. ^ "Security Square Mall may change store mix". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimoresun.com. 20 August 1997. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  10. ^ Mirabella, Lorraine (8 May 1998). "New retailers coming to Security Square Mall". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  11. ^ Mattson, Beth (1 May 1999). "A Sense of Security". Retail Traffic Mag. retailtrafficmag.com. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 

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Coordinates: 39°18′33″N 76°44′59″W / 39.30917°N 76.74972°W / 39.30917; -76.74972