Swansea Mall
Swansea Mall is a regional shopping mall located in Swansea, Massachusetts. It is a large, single-level, fully enclosed facility with over 80 stores, serving the Southeastern Massachusetts area. It is currently owned by Carlyle Swansea Partners and managed by Jones Lang Lasalle. Located off Exit 3 of I-195, the mall is situated at the intersection of U.S. Route 6 and Massachusetts Route 118. Located on Swansea Mall Drive, it has two out-parcel buildings, one with a Toys "R" Us and the other with a PriceRite and Dollar Tree. There is also a large shopping plaza across the street, which contains a movie theater. The mall currently has three anchors, however it has room for four. The mall opened in 1975 with anchors Sears and Edgar's. Today, the mall still has its original Sears, with anchors Wal-Mart and Macy's. The mall also has a moderately sized food court across from the Wal-Mart anchor, along with a Ruby Tuesday.

Built around 1975, Swansea Mall originally opened with 2 anchors: Sears and Edgars.. The mall even had a 4-screen movie theater, arcade, and the popular chain stores of the time (for example, B. Dalton Bookseller, Kay Bee Toys, Papa Gino's, and Waldenbooks). A third and fourth anchor, national discount department store Caldor and Rhode Island-based department store Apex, were added as part of a major expansion around 1979. Also, two out-parcels were located just south of the original mall, namely Toys R Us and Service Merchandise. The mall thrived from the late 70s and throughout most of the 80s. Towards the end of the 1980s, Swansea Mall began to change: Swansea 4 Cinemas had closed by the middle of the decade, and original anchor Edgars went out of business in 1985 (it was replaced by Jordan Marsh, another local department store). In 1989, a new 3-level mall, Emerald Square, opened in nearby North Attleborough, Massachusetts. Its presence pulled in much of the area's consumer base and hurt many local malls in the area, including Swansea Mall. In 1996, Jordan Marsh went out of business and was bought by Macy's. Caldor suffered damage in a fire in 1997, closed for a year to renovation, and ultimately closed its doors for good when the company went out of business in 1999. 2 years later Apex followed suit and closed its doors as well. To combat loss of business to Emerald Square and other burgeoning local business centers, a food court - consisting of Taco Bell, Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's and other smaller fast food businesses - was opened to compete with other malls and their services. By the year 2000, about half of the stores lay vacant in the mall. In 2001, Wal-Mart stepped into the old Caldor location and helped to revive foot traffic to the mall. Across the street, a 12-screen Regal Theatres megaplex in the Swansea Crossing shopping plaza also increased the number of customers back to the area and to the mall. In 2007, a section of vacated stores was closed off to accommodate Old Navy, which opened in October of that year. Current stores include Aéropostale, Bath & Body Works, Borders Express, FYE, GameStop, Hallmark, Olympia Sports, PacSun, PayHalf, Radio Shack, and Victoria's Secret. Toys R Us is still open in the south parcel, although the former Service Merchandise building (vacated in now holds Dollar Tree and PriceRite stores.


  • Macy's (1996”“present)
  • Sears (1975”“present)
  • Wal-Mart (2001”“present)

  • Caldor (1975”“1996); now Wal-Mart
  • Edgars (1975”“1989); later Jordan Marsh
  • Jordan Marsh (1989”“1996); now Macy's