Westfield Siesta Key

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Westfield Siesta Key
LocationSarasota, Florida, U.S.
Coordinates27°18′03″N 82°31′43″W / 27.3009°N 82.5285°W / 27.3009; -82.5285Coordinates: 27°18′03″N 82°31′43″W / 27.3009°N 82.5285°W / 27.3009; -82.5285
Address3501 South Tamiami Trail
Opening date1956
DeveloperKing and Smith Development[1]
ManagementWestfield Group
No. of stores and services46
No. of anchor tenants5 (4 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area415,478 sq ft (38,599.2 m2)[2]
No. of floors1 (2 in Macy's)

Westfield Siesta Key, formerly known as Westfield Southgate, Westfield Shoppingtown Southgate, Southgate Plaza, and South Gate Shopping Plaza, is a shopping mall in Sarasota, Florida that opened in 1956. The mall was renamed Westfield Siesta Key in June 2017.[3]

The mall is anchored by Macy's, LA Fitness, Lucky's Market, and Cinebistro

History[edit]

Southgate Plaza opened in 1956 as a strip mall. It was enclosed in 1988.[4] The original strip included two supermarkets: Publix and Winn Dixie, along with a W. T. Grant and Woolworth.[5] J. C. Penney was added as part of a 1961 expansion.[6]

W. T. Grant closed its store in 1976, which was then sold to Burdines.[7] A J. W. Robinson's department store replaced the former J. C. Penney in 1978, after J. C. Penney moved to Sarasota Square Mall (now Westfield Sarasota Square).[8][9] Robinson's became Maison Blanche in 1987[10] and Dillard's in 1992.[11] Three years after Robinson's opened, an enclosed wing was added.[12]

In 1994, Publix moved to a larger store across the street.[13] The Publix building became Saks Fifth Avenue in 1996.[14]

Following the opening of Saks Fifth Avenue, the mall was renovated to include more upscale stores such as Williams-Sonoma, Ann Taylor, and Banana Republic.[15]

Westfield Group bought the mall in 2002,[16] renaming it Westfield Shoppingtown Southgate. The "Shoppingtown" was dropped on June 2005. On June 1, 2017 the mall was renamed to Westfield Siesta Key. Burdines became Macy's in 2005.

In 2012, Saks confirmed that it would move to Mall at University Town Center, a new mall being built in Sarasota by Taubman Centers.[17] Dillard's closed their doors at Southgate soon after, consolidating into their newer UTC location nearby.[18] In late 2014, Cobb Theatres announced it would take over the Saks space for a "Cinebistro" concept.[19]

The mall was renamed Westfield Siesta Key on June 1, 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sarasota Journal - Google News Archive Search
  2. ^ "Westfield Siesta Key". Corporate.westfield.com. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  3. ^ Menderski, Maggie (5 June 2017). "WHAT'S IN STORE: Hardee's slated for Bradenton". Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  4. ^ Southgate Plaza has new owners and a new name | HeraldTribune.com
  5. ^ Sarasota Journal - Google News Archive Search
  6. ^ Sarasota Journal - Google News Archive Search
  7. ^ Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Google News Archive Search
  8. ^ Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Google News Archive Search
  9. ^ Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Google News Archive Search
  10. ^ Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Google News Archive Search
  11. ^ Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Google News Archive Search
  12. ^ Sarasota Journal - Google News Archive Search
  13. ^ Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Google News Archive Search
  14. ^ http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=HT&p_theme=ht&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EAFE9781060CEDB&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM
  15. ^ Sarasota Florida news, weather, sports and business | HeraldTribune.com | Sarasota FL
  16. ^ "Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2015-12-22.
  17. ^ "Saks' departure announcement spooks other Southgate tenants". HeraldTribune.com. Retrieved 2015-12-22.
  18. ^ "Benderson buys Dillard's Southgate Mall building". bradenton. Retrieved 2015-12-22.
  19. ^ "CineBistro to open at Westfield Southgate in Sarasota in late 2015". bradenton. Retrieved 2015-12-22.