Twelve Oaks Mall

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Twelve Oaks Mall
Entrance of Twelve Oaks Mall.jpg
LocationNovi, Michigan, USA
Opening dateAugust 2, 1977; 42 years ago (1977-08-02)
DeveloperA. Alfred Taubman, Homart Development, and Dayton-Hudson Corporation
ManagementTaubman Centers
OwnerTaubman Centers
ArchitectVictor Gruen, Richard Prince
No. of stores and services180 +
No. of anchor tenants5 (4 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area1,500,000 sq ft (140,000 m2)
No. of floors2 (3 in Macy's)

Twelve Oaks Mall is a full line super-regional shopping mall with over 180 stores which is located in Novi, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The mall is located on the Northeast corner of Interstate 96 and Novi Road. Taubman Centers is the owner and manager of the mall, and it is anchored by Macy's, Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom, and JCPenney. It is among the largest malls owned by the Taubman Corporation and one of the largest in Michigan for gross leasable area and total stores.[1] The mall completed a major remodel and expansion in 2007.


Planning for the mall began in 1967 when the J.L. Hudson Corporation purchased land at the intersection of 12 Mile and Novi roads. Prior to its development as a mall, the site was proposed to be used as a landfill. Opposition by residents and the then-Village of Novi prevented the establishment of the landfill.

Another mall proposal in Farmington Township (now Farmington Hills) was proposed by The Taubman Company and Homart Development. Sears was signed on to anchor the proposed shopping center, and Hudson's was rumored to anchor the mall as well. The mall was to be located at Thirteen Mile Road, between Haggerty and Halsted, and set to open in 1974.[2] Opposition to the proposed mall in Farmington Township pushed the developers west to the current location in Novi.

Twelve Oaks Mall was then developed as a joint venture between A. Alfred Taubman, Homart Development, and the Dayton-Hudson Corporation,[3] Excavation of the site began in the spring of 1975, and construction began later that fall. The mall opened on August 2, 1977, anchored by Hudson's, with Sears opening on October 1, 1977, Lord & Taylor on March 6, 1978, and finally JCPenney on May 3, 1978.

The mall was designed by Gruen Associates,[4] founded by the pioneer of the American shopping mall Victor Gruen, and Richard Prince. The head builder was Richard Marrone. The mall is one of three super-regional Taubman malls built in Metro Detroit during the late 1970s, the other two being Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights and Fairlane Town Center in Dearborn.

The center court in Twelve Oaks Mall.

In 2001, Hudson's converted to Marshall Field's. In 2002, The Taubman Corporation demolished the defunct United Artists Theatres and made way for a new "Lifestyle Cafe" food court, and allowed kiosks in the mall for the first time. This marked a change in Taubman policy, as it was originally believed that a food court would invite teenage loitering and that kiosks diminished the upscale atmosphere of the mall.

In 2005, The Taubman Corporation announced a $63 million expansion project, which includes a 97,000 sq ft (9,000 m2) of common space, and a new 165,000 sq ft (15,300 m2) Nordstrom store.[1] The expansion made Twelve Oaks Mall one of Taubman's largest mall properties.[1] Construction began in February 2006, with Clark Construction Company taking on the project. Also in 2006, Marshall Field's converted to Macy's, and expanded to 300,000 sq ft.

In September 2007, the new Nordstrom opened with over 40 small specialty shops. The new anchor store was built on the southeast side of the mall, adjacent to the existing Lord & Taylor store.

In January 2013, The Cheesecake Factory announced that it will open at the mall later that year, and it opened on August 13, 2013.

In 2018, H&M moved to a two floor space in the Sears wing from its original location in the JCPenney wing. It is the first two-level H&M store in Michigan.

On December 28, 2018, it was announced that Sears would be closing as part of a plan to close 80 stores nationwide. The store closed in March 2019.[5]

Twelve Oaks underwent renovations in 2007 that included additional internal lighting around the mall's existing skylights.
The Twelve Oaks water tower visible from I-96.

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  1. ^ a b c Marshall, Caroll (August 23, 2007.Twelve Oaks expansion makes mall among Tauban's biggest. Oakland Business Review, Retrieved on January 17, 2008.
  2. ^ Gerdes, Wylie (November 16, 1969). "Sears Picks Township For Center" (PDF) (Vol. 82, No. 16). Farmington Enterprise & Observer. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Novi". Chain Store Age, Executives Edition Combined with Shopping Center Age. Lebhar-Friedman. 49: E-8, E-82. 1973.
  4. ^ "Gruen Associates". Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  5. ^ Thomas, Lauren (2018-12-28). "Sears is closing 80 more stores in March, faces possible liquidation". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-12-28.

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Coordinates: 42°29′31″N 83°28′13″W / 42.49194°N 83.47028°W / 42.49194; -83.47028