Liberty Tree Mall
The Liberty Tree Mall is a shopping mall in Danvers, Massachusetts that is currently one-third owned by and managed by the Simon Property Group. The Simon Property Group currently owns and manages only the common area of the mall between Kohl's and Best Buy. The right-hand area of the property from Best Buy to Staples is owned by Target, and the property from Kohl's to Dick's Sporting Goods is owned by New England Development.

History
The mall was built in 1972, and was renovated and expanded in 1993. The mall has always been considered to be a competitor with the Northshore Mall, which is less than a mile away in Peabody, although both malls are primarily owned and operated by Simon. This mall, however, has recently focused more on the discount end, whereas the Northshore Mall has focused on the mainstream/upscale end, thus enabling them to coexist semi-peacefully. Ann & Hope, one of the former anchor stores of the mall, was opened in 1969 before the mall was completed. The name Liberty Tree derives from the local version of Boston's Liberty Tree, which stood less than a half mile east of the current location of the mall. In the early years of the mall, a large metal tree stood at the center court to commemorate the Liberty Tree. The Liberty Tree sculpture was a featured exhibit in the New England Pavilion at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. Lechmere was the mall's other anchor. In 1980, a food court was added that included restaurants such as The Roast House and The Fairgrounds, that served traditional carnival snacks. A Marshalls was added during the 1980s, and has been in the mall since then. Marshalls is the only remaining original anchor store. Filene's Basement moved to the Northshore Mall in the 1990s and was located to the left of the former Lechmere store. Sports Authority and Old Navy were added after the 1993 food court hallway expansion. Lechmere and Filene's Basement were anchor stores of the mall until 1997 when they were demolished and rebuilt into Target, Staples, Dollar Tree, and Best Buy in 1998/1999. An f.y.e. replaced part of an area of smaller stores, converting them into a music store/video arcade (formerly Dream Machine), both of which have since closed. Another group of stores was converted to Bed Bath & Beyond. Ann & Hope closed its 211,300-square-foot (19,630 m 2) store in 2001 due to poor sales. It was later rebuilt into Kohl's. Stop & Shop and Pier 1 Imports were later built to the left of Kohl's. A Loews Theatres 20-screen multiplex was also added to the mall. In January 2008, Stop & Shop closed. The 91,000-square-foot (8,500 m 2) store was originally built in 2003. The former Stop & Shop space was converted for use by Nordstrom Rack and Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, which opened in November 2008. In 2009, the former f.y.e. was replaced by a Steve & Barry's, but only operated briefly until the company's bankruptcy. This location featured a more modern design compared to other locations.

Stores

Anchor Stores
  • Kohl's
  • Sports Authority
  • A.C. Moore
  • AMC Theatres
  • Marshalls
  • Old Navy
  • Best Buy


Outparcel Stores
  • Target
  • Staples
  • Dollar Tree
  • Dick's Sporting Goods
  • The Home Depot
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse


Restaurants
  • Vinny T's of Boston **Closed for good***
  • Panera Bread


Food Court
  • Sea Lion Sushi
  • Pizzeria Regina
  • McDonald's
  • Sarku Japan
  • Subway