Town Center at Boca Raton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Town Center at Boca Raton
LocationBoca Raton, Florida, United States
Coordinates26°21′57″N 80°08′01″W / 26.365820°N 80.133551°W / 26.365820; -80.133551Coordinates: 26°21′57″N 80°08′01″W / 26.365820°N 80.133551°W / 26.365820; -80.133551
Address6000 Glades Road
Opening dateAugust 13, 1980; 39 years ago (August 13, 1980)
DeveloperArvida Corp., Homart Development Company, and Federated Department Stores, Inc.
ManagementSimon Property Group, Inc.
OwnerSimon Property Group, Inc.
ArchitectRTKL Associates, Inc.
No. of stores and services206
No. of anchor tenants6 (5 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area1,778,660 square feet (165,243 m2)
No. of floors1 (2 in Crate & Barrel, Forever 21, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, the Macy's and Saks parking garage, the Bloomingdale's parking garage, and former Sears, soon to be demolished, 3 in Macy's and Bloomingdale's and the Nordstrom parking garage)
Parking8,000
WebsiteOfficial website

Town Center at Boca Raton (also known as the Town Center Mall or Boca Town Center) is an upscale, luxurious super-regional shopping mall located in the city of Boca Raton, Florida approximately 30 miles south of the city of Palm Beach, Florida and 20 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Mall anchors are Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue with one vacant anchor space last occupied by Sears which is yet to be redeveloped, and other notable tenants include The Container Store, Crate & Barrel, Forever 21, Banana Republic, Apple Store, Tesla, Pandora Jewelry, Louis Vuitton, and many others.[1] The center is the largest enclosed and conventional shopping mall in Palm Beach County, and is the third largest in total by square footage in South Florida, behind Sawgrass Mills and Aventura Mall.

History[edit]

The Town Center Mall opened in 1980 on a site just west of Interstate 95 directly on Glades Road. The one-story mall was built by Sears subsidiary Homart Development Company as construction started with the Florida-based department store Burdines as the first anchor in July. Sears also served as the mall's west end anchor, having opened within the mall on August 13, 1980 alongside Jordan Marsh as the second and third anchors. At the time of opening, the mall had 100 stores and featured a New York City theme with a round black station clock, living vegetation below a series of atriums, and several distinctive wishing fountains. The mall's opening led to Boca Raton growing west, and as a result, the city became a retail hub for southern Florida. Another anchor, Lord & Taylor, opened at center court in 1987 where Neiman Marcus was to open, followed by an expansion featuring Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue a year later, making the mall's department store mix unparalled in the country.

While the Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, and Sears locations remained the same throughout most of the mall's history, the other three anchor pads changed as a result of mergers, acquisitions, and relocations. Jordan Marsh was husbanded in 1991 because of Allied Stores and was converted to Mervyns in 1992, which in turn closed in 1995 and was to become Dillard's in 1997 as they took over ten Florida stores from the California retailer. However, Saks refurbished that spot for a larger store, which had a two-year construction period until 1999 including a new second floor entrance to the new parking deck. This caused the demolition of the original building to make way for another new concourse featuring Florida's first Nordstrom store, and because of this expansion in 2000, the mall was renovated. Lord & Taylor left in 2002 as part of a statewide liquidation and was torn down for Neiman Marcus, which had wanted to be in Boca since 1987 and who rebuilt the store in 2005. The Burdines store was converted to Burdines-Macy's in 2003 and then simply Macy's also in 2005. Moreover, the food court's seating was reconfigured to accommodate more people, and a Waldenbooks (which closed in 2010) opened on its southern side. Mall entrances were remodeled with sun canopies and decorative towers to add exterior appeal. Parking layouts were rearranged to allow a three-story parking garage at the future Nordstrom, and a two-story garage at the recently refurbished Burdines (now Macy's) and larger Saks (which was to be taken over by Dillard's before remodeling) with another by Bloomingdale's. A lifestyle center called The Terrace at Town Center was completed in 2007 featuring Crate & Barrel and Youfit Health Clubs. The mixed-use development is in between the expanded Bloomingdale's and the Nordstrom parking garage.

In 2015, Sears Holdings spun of 235 of its properties, including the Sears at Town Center at Boca Raton, into Seritage Growth Properties.[2]

On January 4, 2018, it was announced that Sears would be closing as part of a plan to shut down 103 stores nationwide, making it the mall's last original anchor to close. The store closed on April 8, 2018. A year later, Heritage announced plans to demolish the store for a 250,000 square foot open air center, similar to the one in Aventura Mall. It is scheduled to be complete in 2020.[3]

Anchors[edit]

Current:

  • Bloomingdale's (opened as part of mall expansion) (1988-Present)
  • Macy's (former Burdines location) (2005-Present)
  • Neiman Marcus (opened in the former Lord & Taylor location) (2005-Present)
  • Nordstrom (built within new concourse and replaced the original Saks Fifth Avenue) (2000-Present)
  • Saks Fifth Avenue {CURRENT LOCATION} (former Jordan Marsh and Mervyn's location) (1999-present)

Former:

  • Jordan Marsh {ORIGINAL TENANT} (closed in 1991)(1980-1991)
  • Mervyn's (Land was to become Dillard's in 1997, but instead became the relocated Saks Fifth Avenue) (1992-1995)
  • Lord & Taylor (closed in 2002 and demolished for Neiman Marcus) (1987-2002)
  • Burdines {ORIGINAL TENANT} (became Macy's in 2005) (1980-2005)
  • Sears {ORIGINAL TENANT} (closed on April 8, 2018 and the store is to be demolished into an outdoor village featuring shops and restaurants) (1980-2018)
  • Saks Fifth Avenue {ORIGINAL LOCATION} (moved to its current location in 1999) (1988-1999)

Junior Anchors[edit]

2007 murders[edit]

In 2007, several murders at the mall drew national attention. In March, a 52-year-old woman was kidnapped and murdered. In December, a 47-year-old woman and her 7-year-old daughter were also kidnapped, and later found bound and shot in the head in the woman's SUV in the mall parking lot. This case was featured on America's Most Wanted and caused host John Walsh to say he believed a serial killer to be in the city. Though there is no forensic evidence to suggest the murders were committed by the same person, the similarities in the cases led police to believe they were related. In addition, a similar incident occurred at the mall in August, in which a woman and her 2-year-old son were kidnapped and tied found in the car, but left alive. To this day, the murders all remain unsolved.[4][5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Store Directory for Town Center at Boca Raton".
  2. ^ http://www.seritage.com/retail/property/5900-glades-rd/3312476/landing
  3. ^ https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2018/01/05/sears-at-town-center-at-boca-raton-mall-to-close.html
  4. ^ Jacobson, Kate. "Killer in unsolved 2007 Boca slayings bought plastic ties, duct tape in Miami-Dade, officials say". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  5. ^ Fooksman, Leon. "America's Most Wanted host: Serial killer at work in Boca". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  6. ^ Angel, Greg. "Have the murders of a mother and daughter shopping at a Boca mall gone cold?". WPEC. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  7. ^ "Four years, no answers in Boca's Town Center murders". palmbeachpost. Retrieved 2017-07-28.

External links[edit]