Westfield Siesta Key

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Westfield Siesta Key
Location Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
Address 3501 South Tamiami Trail
Opening date 1956
Developer King and Smith Development[1]
Management Westfield Group
No. of stores and services 46
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 415,478 square feet[2]
No. of floors 1

Westfield Siesta Key, formerly known as Westfield 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 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 Southgate. 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]

Also, Connor's Steak and Seafood and Bravo Cucina Italiana, along with Metro Diner and a fast casual restaurant, are planned to open at the Westfield Siesta Key in 2017. The mall was renamed Westfield Siesta Key on June 1, 2017.

Anchors[edit]

Store Opened Notes
Anchor stores
Cinebistro 2014 Opened in former Publix and Saks Fifth Avenue location.
Macy's 1976
(as Burdines)
Originally opened as Burdines in the former W. T. Grant location. Burdines later merged with Macy's in 2005.

Former Anchors[edit]

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