Westfield Annapolis

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Westfield Annapolis
Location Annapolis, Maryland
Coordinates 38°59′23″N 76°32′42″W / 38.989736°N 76.545138°W / 38.989736; -76.545138Coordinates: 38°59′23″N 76°32′42″W / 38.989736°N 76.545138°W / 38.989736; -76.545138
Address 2002 Annapolis Mall
Opening date 1980[1]
Developer May Centers, Inc.
Management Westfield Group
Owner Westfield Group
No. of stores and services over 240[2]
No. of anchor tenants 5 (4 open, 1 vacant)[2]
Total retail floor area 1,416,774 sq ft (131,622.6 m2).
No. of floors 1 (2 in some stores)[3]
Parking 4,376
Public transit access Bus transport MTA Maryland bus: 210, 215
Bus transport Annapolis Transit bus: Red, Yellow, Green, Gold, Brown, Purple-North, Purple-South
Website westfield.com/annapolis

Westfield Annapolis is a shopping mall, owned by the Westfield Corporation, located near the junction of U.S. Route 50 and Interstate 97 in Parole, near Annapolis, Maryland. Its anchor stores are Macy's, J. C. Penney, Nordstrom, and Sears, and it features an 11-screen movie theater. The mall is known informally as "Annapolis Mall".

History[edit]

The site was at one time the location of the Annapolis terminus of the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railway, and was known as the "Best Gate" station, which had three single-ended and four double-ended sidings, where rail cars could be shunted on or off of the single-track WB&A east-west railway which ran to the north-south Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and Pennsylvania Railroad lines.[4] This "Best Gate" station gave the name to the nearby Bestgate Road, which today runs along the northern perimeter of the mall.

A free-standing, single-level Montgomery Ward store occupied the site during the 1970s. Following the construction and opening of a single-level mall on the site in 1980, Montgomery Ward became an anchor. Additional anchor stores included Washington, D.C.-based Garfinckel's and Hecht's, both with two levels. The mall was expanded in 1983 with the addition of a single-level JCPenney. Garfinckel's closed in 1990 after the company went bankrupt. The mall was expanded again in 1994 with the addition of a two-level Nordstrom store as well as an expanded food court. In 1998 a two-level Lord and Taylor store opened which was followed by the opening of an 11-screen movie theater. The Montgomery Ward store closed in 2001 and in 2002 was replaced with a Sears store. Hecht's transitioned to Macy's in 2006. Another large addition to the mall was completed in 2007, which included an expansion of the existing JCPenney store.

The former Garfinckel's space once housed a two-level Borders Books and Music store which operated during the early to mid 2000s until its closure in 2011. A two-level Forever 21 store now occupies the space.[citation needed]

The financially struggling and now defunct retailer Woodward & Lothrop tried unsuccessfully to build a store in the mall in the early 1990s; however, its efforts were blocked by the mall's corporate management, which instead brought Nordstrom to the center in 1994.[citation needed]

On November 16, 2017, it was announced that anchor Lord & Taylor would be closing at Westfield Annapolis in April 2018.[5]

2006 shooting[edit]

On Saturday, November 18, 2006, an off duty United States Secret Service agent was at the mall when he witnessed a fight in progress in the food court. During the attempt to break up the fight, one of the combatants pulled a gun and fired at the agent, wounding him. The agent returned fire, hitting the shooter twice. A third person was wounded in the altercation.[6][7] A Midshipman from the U.S. Naval Academy ran toward the sound of gunshots and provided first aid for the Secret Service agent. That Midshipman later received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.[8] The mall was closed shortly after the incident, with all patrons asked to leave over the public address system.[6] The associated trial lasted until December 2007 and the shooter was sentenced to 65 years in prison.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McCaffrey, Raymond (May 22, 2008). "Annapolis Eyes Funds for Main Street". washingtonpost.com. Washington Post. p. AA03. Retrieved 9 January 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Westfield - Annapolis". westfield.com. Westfield Group. Archived from the original on 22 January 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Find it" (PDF). westfield.com. Westfield Group. Retrieved 9 January 2009. 
  4. ^ American Electric Railway Association (1906). Proceedings of the American Electric Railway Association. 
  5. ^ Sharrow (November 16, 2017). "Lord & Taylor closing Annapolis store. It is rumored that Dave and Busters will fill the space.first=Ryan". Baltimore Business Journal. Retrieved November 23, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b Associated Press (November 19, 2006). "Secret Service agent wounded in mall shooting". msnbc.com. Microsoft. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  7. ^ WBAL-TV; Associated Press (December 21, 2007). "Teen Gets 65 Years In Annapolis Mall Shooting". wbaltv.com. Internet Broadcasting. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  8. ^ Valcourt, Derek (January 18, 2007). "Midshipman Honored As Hero In Md. Mall Shooting". WJZ TV. Retrieved 30 January 2009. 
  9. ^ Fuller, Nicole (December 22, 2007). "Teen gets 65 years for mall shooting". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 

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