Bal Harbour Shops
Bal Harbour Shops is an upscale open-air shopping mall in Bal Harbour, a wealthy suburb of Miami, Florida, known internationally for its collection of luxury retail. Bal Harbour Shops is one of the few remaining family-owned malls in the nation. For a business that is willing to lease, there is a two year waiting list at the mall, which has operated at 100% occupancy for more than two decades.

The conceptual plan of the open-air shopping center was envisioned by Stanley Whitman on the site of a former United States Army barracks and World War II prisoner of war camp. He abandoned the conventional enclosed air-conditioned mall concept, firing architect Victor Gruen, and hiring local the South Floridian architectural firm Herbert H. Johnson & Associates. Whitman paid a pricey $2 per square foot for the land. Bal Harbour Shops officially opened in 1965 with its first tenant being toy retailer, FAO Schwarz, which operated a store in the mall until its bankruptcy in 2000. While classified as a mall, the retail center discourages comparisons to traditional malls. There are no enclosed walking paths or kiosks, and the main anchor, Saks Fifth Avenue, has a sidewalk entrance on one of the town's main streets.

  • Neiman Marcus
  • Saks Fifth Avenue

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