The Florida Mall

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The Florida Mall
TheFloridaMall.JPG
One of the mall's entrances
Location Orlando, Florida
Opening date March 12, 1986
Developer Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. and JMB Realty
Owner Simon Property Group (50%)
No. of stores and services 250+
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 1,849,000 sq ft (171,800 m2)
No. of floors 1 (2 in Dillard's)
Website Official website

The Florida Mall is an upscale shopping mall located in unincorporated Orlando, Florida, on the southeast corner of Orange Blossom Trail and Sand Lake Road; it opened in 1986. The facility was developed by Eddie DeBartolo of DeBartolo Realty; it is currently managed by Simon Property Group, which owns 50%, having fallen to Simon following the 1996 merger of Simon and DeBartolo Realty into Simon DeBartolo Group. With 1,849,000 sq ft (171,800 m2) of gross leasable area and over 250 retailers,[1] it is one of the largest single-story malls in the United States.

Among the major retailers in the buildings surrounding the mall are Toys "R" Us and Rooms To Go, as well as a business plaza and several restaurants. The Florida Mall once controlled but sold in 2013 an outdoor shopping plaza, The Terrace at The Florida Mall, next door to the east on Sand Lake Road. It features a Target, Marshall's and American Signature Furniture.

Location[edit]

Aerial view of The Florida Mall

The Florida Mall is located close to Orlando International Airport and many other Orlando attractions including Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando. The Florida Hotel contains 510 guest rooms and suites. The hotel was built by E.J. DeBartolo and owned in partnership with Pratt Hotel Corporation of Dallas, TX. Originally branded as a Crowne Plaza, then as a Sheraton Plaza, the hotel was sold to Adam’s Mark in 1996. In 2004 the hotel was purchased by a group headed by the Bank of Scotland.

History[edit]

In late 2007, the mall's closed Lord & Taylor store was demolished. Lord & Taylor was the fifth tenant of its particular anchor, following Robinsons, Maison Blanche, Gayfers and Parisian; it was the last L&T department store operated in Florida. The land is being redeveloped into a mixed-use outdoor shopping area attached to the mall that will include stores and restaurants. According to the Orlando Sentinel, it was rumored to be the site of new locations for Zara, Dick's Sporting Goods and XXI Forever. Ultimately, Zara, XXI Forever and Florida's first H&M opened in the area in Fall 2009. American Girl opened in Fall 2014.

On February 24, 2012 Orange County Sheriff's deputies were called in with riot-gear to disperse a crowd of over 3,000 people waiting for the release of the new Nike Galaxy Foams at Foot Locker.

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

The mall is serviced by Lynx buses (links) 7,37,42,107,108,111,418,and 441

Right next to the mall stretches the Florida State Road 528 which has an exit at the Orange Blossom Trail (exit 4). The exit is only few exits away from the Orlando International Airport.

Tenants[edit]

Nordstrom

Anchor Stores[edit]

Store Opened Notes
Anchor stores[2]
Dillard's 1993 Originally occupied two anchor locations, quickly redeveloped into one two-story location.
JCPenney 1986 Renovated/expanded in 1998.
Lord & Taylor 2001 Opened in 1986 As Robinson's, converted to Maison Blanche in 1988, expanded and converted to Gayfers in 1993, converted to Parisian in 1998, converted to Lord & Taylor in 2001. Closed in 2006, demolished/redeveloped in 2007 as an open air shopping area.
Macy's 2005 Opened in 2000 as Burdines, converted/rebranded to Macy's in 2005.
Dick's Sporting Goods 2015 Opened in 2002 as a Nordstrom. Closed in August 2014. Some of the former Nordstrom store was subdivided to create The Crayola Experience[3]
Saks Fifth Avenue 1996 Opened as Belk-Lindsay, converted to Saks Fifth Avenue in 1996. Closed in 2014,[4] replaced by new Food Pavilion on June 1, 2015.
Sears 1986

Junior Anchor Stores[edit]

Planned Development[edit]

In mid 2015 the new Dining Pavilion will open in the former Saks Fifth Avenue with over sixteen new dining options with a healthier variety than currently. There will be a larger variety of seating than the current smaller food court. The current food court will be renovated and divided into stores and more mall space.[5] Also, The Crayola Experience and Dick's Sporting Goods will open in the former Nordstrom.

On June 1, 2015, the new food court has opened to the public. With 23 new food options plus Yankee Candle with Ron Jon Surf Shop, GNC and Delores Jewelers will open soon.

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