The Florida MallEdit profile
The Florida Mall is a large enclosed shopping mall in Orlando, Florida. It opened its doors in 1986. It is located on the southeast corner of Orange Blossom Trail and Sand Lake Road. The mall has over 250 stores, including its anchors Macy's, Dillard's, Sears, JCPenney, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and The Florida Hotel. At 1,849,000 ft² (179,778 m²) GLA, it stands as one of the largest single-story malls in the United States.
Originally developed by Eddie DeBartolo of DeBartolo Realty, it is currently managed by Simon Property Group, having fallen to Simon following the 1996 merger of Simon and DeBartolo Realty into "Simon DeBartolo Group".
The Florida Mall's Dillard's store was added in 1993; it originally occupied two anchor buildings, but was quickly redeveloped into a single two-story anchor. Belk-Lindsay, a former mall anchor, was converted to a Saks Fifth Avenue in 1996. The J. C. Penney anchor was expanded in 1998. At the turn of the 21st century, the mall underwent a massive expansion and renovation project that brought in Burdines in 2000 and Nordstrom in 2002. In 2005, Burdines was converted to Macy's when Federated decided to end the Burdines nameplate.Location
Located close to Orlando International Airport and many other Orlando attractions including Universal studios, Disney and Seaworld. The Florida Hotel contains 510 guest rooms and suites. The hotel was built by E.J. DeBartolo and owned in partnership with Pratt Hotel Corporation of Dallas, TX. Originally flagged as a Crowne Plaza, then as a Sheraton Plaza, the hotel was sold to Adam’s Mark in 1996. In 2004 the hotel was purchased by a group headed by the Bank of Scotland.Major retailers
Among the major retailers in the buildings surrounding the mall are Toys "R" Us and Rooms To Go, as well as a business plaza and several restaurants. The Florida Mall also controls an outdoor shopping plaza, The Terrace at The Florida Mall, next door to the east on Sand Lake Road. It features a Target, Marshall's and American Signature Furniture, and used to host Phar-Mor and Service Merchandise.History 2007-2009
In late 2007, the mall's closed Lord & Taylor store was demolished. Lord & Taylor was the fifth tenant of its particular anchor, following Robinsons, Maison Blanche, Gayfers and Parisian; it was the last L&T department store operated in Florida. The land is being redeveloped into a mixed-use outdoor shopping area attached to the mall that will include stores and restaurants. According to the Orlando Sentinel, it was rumored to be the site of new locations for Zara, Dick's Sporting Goods and XXI Forever. Ultimately, Zara, XXI Forever and Florida's first H&M opened in the area in Fall 2009.
The mall is serviced by LYNX buses (links) 4, 7, 37, 42, and 111.Anchors
- Dillard's(opened 1993, 252,300 sq ft (23,440 m2))
- J. C. Penney (opened 1986, 200,000 sq ft (20,000 m2))
- Lord & Taylor (opened 1995, 140,000 sq ft (13,000 m2))
- Macy's (opened 2005, 200,000 sq ft (20,000 m2))
- Nordstrom (opened 2002, 165,757 sq ft (15,399 m2))
- Saks Fifth Avenue (opened 1996, 105,672 sq ft (9,817 m2))
- Sears (opened 1986, 169,926 sq ft (15,787 m2))
- The Florida Hotel & Conference Center (Managed in the past by Sheraton and Adam's Mark)
- Robinson's (opened 1986, became Maison Blanche in 1988, 110,000 sq ft (10,000 m2))
- Maison Blanche (opened 1988, became Gayfers in 1994, 110,000 sq ft (10,000 m2))
- Gayfers (opened 1994, became Parisian 1998, 110,000 sq ft (10,000 m2))
- Parisian (opened 1998, became Lord & Taylor in 2001, 110,000 sq ft (10,000 m2))
- Belk-Lindsay (opened 1986, became Saks Fifth Avenue in 1996, 105,672 sq ft (9,817 m2))
- Burdines (opened 2000, renamed Macy's in 2005, 200,000 sq ft (20,000 m2))