The Shoppes at Buckland Hills
Mall interior, 2018
|No. of stores and services||about 145|
|No. of anchor tenants||7|
|Total retail floor area||1,180,000 sq ft (110,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||2|
John Finguerra, with his business partner, Richard Ripps, planned the mall in 1972. Finguerra worked for J. C. Penney, which at the time had a 2,000,000-square-foot (190,000 m2) warehouse nearby, once used for their now-defunct catalog business.[clarification needed]
Finguerra's familiarity with local economic factors led him to believe that a regional mall would be successful. The location selected for the mall was elevated and overlooked a valley, and was close to an interstate highway, which would enable traffic flow to the mall, and future developments in the corridor.
The mall opened in 1990, and was called the "Pavilions at Buckland". The mall was successful, and new businesses in the surrounding area developed.
A multimillion-dollar renovation and expansion of the mall was completed in October 2003, and the name was changed first to "Buckland Hills Mall", and then to "The Shoppes at Buckland Hills".
The main building has an area of 1,180,000 square feet (110,000 m2) on two floors. However, the name "Buckland Hills Mall"' can informally refer to the mall plus the cluster of surrounding retail stores, hotels, and restaurants on the hill, totaling nearly 6,000,000 square feet (560,000 m2) or 1/4 square mile.
There are approximately 145 shops and eateries in the mall, as well as seven anchor stores, including Macy's Women's and Hon, Macy's Men's, Children's, Juniors, and Furniture, JCPenney, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sears, H&M, and Barnes & Noble. In 2006, Newbury Comics opened its first Connecticut store inside the mall.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Buckland Hills Mall Shopping Center
- "The Shoppes at Buckland Hills". Malls.Com. Retrieved 2017-04-16.
- "The Shoppes at Buckland Hills - Projects - Birdair, Inc". www.birdair.com. Retrieved 2017-04-16.