The Boulevard Mall
The Boulevard Mall
|Address||3528 S. Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Opening date||March 6, 1968|
|Owner||Boulevard Ventures LLC|
|No. of stores and services||140|
|No. of anchor tenants||4|
|Total retail floor area||1,180,000 sq ft (110,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||1|
The Boulevard Mall is located at 3528 S. Maryland Pkwy in Paradise, Nevada, United States (an unincorporated town in the Las Vegas Valley). The mall is owned and managed by a local real estate business, Sansone Companies, founded by longtime Las Vegas developer Roland Sansone with ownership under the name of Boulevard Ventures LLC. The mall is a single-story super-regional mall with 1,180,000 sq ft (110,000 m2) of lease-able retail space. The mall has 140 stores, of which there are four anchor stores.
In 1963, Harry Lahr, Irwin Molasky, and Merv Adelson announced plans for the Parkway Mall, to be built at the southeast corner of Maryland Parkway and Desert Inn Road. Molasky and his partners launched the project, which was developed and owned by Haas and Hayne Investment Corporation, located in Dallas, Texas. The Boulevard mall was built at a cost of $12.5 million, and opened at 10:00 a.m. on March 6, 1968, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony accompanied by Nevada governor Paul Laxalt and Nevada state senator Floyd Lamb. The Boulevard was the first enclosed, climate-controlled shopping mall to open in Nevada. The mall's theme at that time was meant to resemble a European village. Its signature entrance was designed by John Graham Jr., who had also designed the Space Needle tower in Seattle, Washington.
The Boulevard opened with 750,000 sq ft (70,000 m2) of retail space, which included 26 stores. The Boulevard featured four department stores: The Broadway, J. C. Penney, Sears Roebuck and Co., and Ronzone's. Sears and The Broadway had already operated inside the mall prior to its grand opening. Ronzone's – Nevada's largest family-owned merchandise retailer at the time of the mall's opening – was later acquired by Diamond's, which expanded the 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2) store inside the mall. Dillard's later opened their own 200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2) department store inside the former Ronzone's location, in the mall's east wing.
The mall was remodeled in 1984. A major expansion and renovation began in October 1990, and was completed in August 1992, at a cost of $60 million. The expansion added approximately 150,000 sq ft (14,000 m2) of retail space, as well as a 24,000 sq ft (2,200 m2) food court, and three multi-tiered parking decks. A surveillance system was also installed throughout the mall, and included 140 cameras, as well as horseback and bicycle security, and a security podium. In 1997, the mall had 124 stores and five anchor stores: Dillard's, J. C. Penney, Macy's, Marshalls, and Sears. An F. W. Woolworth department store closed that year. The mall also had a 13-vendor food court and three restaurants. By 1998, the mall encompassed 1,250,000 sq ft (116,000 m2), and was owned by Dallas-based MEPC American Properties. It kept the title of "The Largest Mall in Southern Nevada" until the Fashion Show Mall's renovation in 2003.
The mall's two-story Dillard's store closed in 2008. Rouse Properties owned the mall until June 2013, when it was acquired by lenders related to PNC Bank. At that time, the mall was valued at $61.2 million. In July 2013, the lenders put the mall up for sale, with "best offer" as the listed price. On November 21, 2013, the mall was sold for $54.5 million to Sansone Companies, owned by local developer Roland Sansone. The sale was announced 11 days later.
A 28,000 sq ft (2,600 m2) Goodwill thrift store opened inside the mall in October 2015, occupying part of the first floor of the old Dillard's store. It was the first Goodwill store to open inside an enclosed shopping mall. A 60,000 sq ft (5,600 m2) John's Incredible Pizza Company restaurant opened in December 2015, taking up the remainder of Dillard's ground floor.
In March 2016, Sansone Companies announced plans to add a 31,000 sq ft (2,900 m2) SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium inside the mall. SeaQuest opened on December 11, 2016. The Aquarium occupies space previously held by nine individual stores in the mall. Clown 'N Around, an attraction consisting of carnival games and small rides, operated at the Boulevard mall for nearly 10 years, until the end of 2016. In December 2016, Las Vegas Weekly wrote that the Boulevard mall may be the "most charming shopping center" in Las Vegas.
There is a time capsule buried in front of the mall to be opened 100 years after it was buried.
Macy's has announced they will be closing their store in 2017.
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