Southlake Mall (Indiana)

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Southlake Mall
LocationHobart, Indiana, USA
Coordinates41°28′06″N 87°18′39″W / 41.468418°N 87.310939°W / 41.468418; -87.310939Coordinates: 41°28′06″N 87°18′39″W / 41.468418°N 87.310939°W / 41.468418; -87.310939
Address2109 Southlake Mall, Merrillville, IN 46410
Opening date1974
DeveloperRichard E. Jacobs Group
ManagementStarwood Capital Group
OwnerStarwood Retail Partners
No. of stores and services148
No. of anchor tenants9 (8 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area1,300,000 square feet
No. of floors2

Southlake Mall is a shopping mall in Hobart, Indiana that is marketed as being in Merrillville, Indiana, due primarily to being served by the 46410 postal Zip Code. The tract of land on which it sits was annexed by the city of Hobart from unincorporated Ross Township in 1993. It lies in the Chicago metropolitan area. Southlake Mall is the only enclosed super regional mall in Northwest Indiana, as well as one of largest in the state overall along with Castleton Square in Indianapolis and Glenbrook Square in Fort Wayne. Anchor stores include Kohl's, JCPenney, Macy's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sears, Books-A-Million, Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants and H&M. The Macy's store was previously an L. S. Ayres prior to September 9, 2006. The mall first opened with only two anchor stores – JCPenney and Sears – and the north and south anchor wings were added later. Carson's once housed the cafeteria-style "The Garden Restaurant" next to the entrance near the security garage on the south side of the mall from 1975 to 1989.


Richard E. Jacobs's Jacobs Visconsi Jacobs group built the mall in 1974.[1] The company put it up for sale in 1999, but it was not purchased until 2002 by The Westfield Group,[2] who renamed it Westfield Shoppingtown Southlake, and again to Westfield Southlake.

In 1993, a Kohl's and Target Greatland opened outside of the mall.

Westfield Southlake underwent a significant expansion in 2006, which added Dick's Sporting Goods and a Borders bookstore, as well as several structures in the mall's outlot areas, including a 12-screen AMC theater, a Fifth Third Bank branch, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Red Robin, and Buffalo Wild Wings.

In July 2011, Borders Group announced it would be closing all of its stores by the end of September due to Chapter 7 Bankruptcy liquidation, including the Southlake Mall location. After Borders was closed, it became Books-A-Million.

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants opened in August 2012.

On November 10, 2012, a group of teens ranging from age 14 to 16 were arrested after an altercation with another group of teens. One of the teens shot a 7.62×25mm Tokarev into the ceiling, which caused the gun to jam. The mall was shut down after the shooting and resumed business on November 11, 2012.[3]

Carson Pirie Scott wing at Westfield Southlake

Specialty discount retailer rue21 opened a store in the JCPenney wing in March 2013.

Westfield Group sold the mall and several others to Starwood Capital in September 2013. As part of the sale, the mall's name reverted to Southlake Mall.[4]

Books-A-Million relocated in 2014[5] and the old location became Forever 21 the same year.[6]

H&M opened at Southlake Mall in the same wing in 2015.[7]

On April 12, 2018, the Sears building was put up for sale.[8]

On April 18, 2018, it was announced that Carson's would be closing as parent company The Bon-Ton was going out of business. The store closed in August 2018.[9]


  1. ^ "MALL DEVELOPER DAVID JACOBS". Post-Tribune. 19 September 1992. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  2. ^ McCollum, Carmen (March 15, 2002). "Closing on Southlake Mall sale delayed". Northwest Indiana Times. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "Police: 3 teens arrested in mall shooting; fourth suspect sought". Northwest Indiana Times. November 10, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  4. ^ Pete, Joseph (September 16, 2013). "Westfield sells Southlake Mall to new owner". Northwest Indiana Times. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  5. ^ 933-3316, Joseph S. Pete, (219). "Books-A-Million closes its Southlake Mall store, will relocate".
  6. ^ Pete, Joseph (September 11, 2014). "Forever 21 coming to Southlake Mall". Northwest Indiana Times. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
  7. ^ 933-3316, Joseph S. Pete, (219). "H&M to open Southlake Mall store next month".
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  9. ^, 219-933-3316, Joseph S. Pete. "Carson's to close in Southlake Mall, Hammond and Michigan City". Retrieved January 16, 2019.

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