Security Square Mall
Exterior view of Security Square Mall, July 2012
|Location||Woodlawn, Maryland, U.S.|
|Address||6901 Security Blvd.|
|Management||Hicks & Rotner Retail Inc.|
|Owner||Capital Investment Associates|
|No. of stores and services||120|
|No. of anchor tenants||4|
|Total retail floor area||1,040,000 sq ft (97,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||1 (2 in Macy's, Sears, and Seoul Plaza)|
|Public transit access||MTA Maryland bus: 31, 37, 78, 79, CityLink Blue|
Security Square Mall is a 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, Macy's, 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. Security Square Mall is located adjacent to the North American School of Trades.
Security Square Mall opened in 1972. Original anchor Hochschild Kohn's sold its store to Hutzler's, who closed the store in 1989, and subsequently sold it to Montgomery Ward. Woolworth closed in 1997 and was replaced with Burlington Coat Factory. Montgomery Ward closed in 2001 and became Modell's Sporting Goods three years later.
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. 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. One year later, Hecht's was converted to Macy's.
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 including JCPenney, Hechts (a relocation from its closed store in Reisterstown Road Plaza) and Sears. It also redesigned other parts of the mall including the food court, restrooms, and landscaping.
In 1999, the mall increased security measures throughout, including the relocation of the security offices to center court.
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. Some routes operate to other nearby locations between 1 AM and 6 AM when the mall's bus stop is closed.
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