Westfield Southgate, formerly Southgate Plaza and South Gate Shopping Plaza, is a shopping mall in Sarasota, Florida that opened in 1956.
History [ edit ]
Southgate Plaza opened in 1956 as a
strip mall. It was enclosed in 1988. The original strip included two supermarkets: [3 ] Publix and Winn Dixie's Kwik Chek, along with a W. T. Grant and Woolworth. [4 ] J. C. Penney was added as part of a 1961 expansion. [5 ]
W. T. Grant closed its store in 1976, which was then sold to
Burdines. A [6 ] 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). [7 ] Robinson's became [8 ] Maison Blanche in 1987 and [9 ] Dillard's in 1992. Three years after Robinson's opened, an enclosed wing was added. [10 ] [11 ]
In 1994, Publix moved to a larger store across the street.
The Publix building became [12 ] Saks Fifth Avenue in 1996. [13 ]
Following the opening of Saks, the mall was renovated to include more upscale stores such as
Williams-Sonoma, Ann Taylor, and Banana Republic. [14 ]
Westfield Group bought the mall in 2002, renaming it Westfield Southgate. Burdines became [15 ] Macy's in 2003.
In 2012, Saks confirmed that it would move to
Mall at University Town Center, a new mall being built in Sarasota by Taubman Centers. Dillard's closed their doors at Southgate soon after, consolidating into their newer UTC location nearby. [16 ] In late 2014, [17 ] Cobb Theatres announced it would take over the Saks space for a "Cinebistro" concept. [18 ]
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