Westfield Hawthorn
Westfield Hawthorn, formerly Hawthorn Center, is a shopping mall in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Its four anchor stores are Carson Pirie Scott, J. C. Penney, Macy's and Sears. The Marshall Field's store was renamed Macy's on September 9, 2006. The mall sits on land formerly occupied by the Hawthorn Mellody Dairy, which was owned by the Cuneo family. Its original anchors included Lord & Taylor, which closed in 1990 and sold its store to Carson Pirie Scott. The Westfield Group acquired the shopping center in 2002, and renamed it "Westfield Shoppingtown Hawthorn", dropping the "Shoppingtown" name in June 2005. The sales tax rate for Vernon Hills, Illinois ( Lake County) is 7.0%.

Hawthorn Center was developed by Urban Investment and Development Co, and anchor stores Sears and Marshall Fields as part of New Century Town, a community with 5000 apartments planned at the time. Construction of the mall began in May, 1972 and was completed at a cost of $45 million. By September 10th, 1973, the building was complete and the first stores- Marshall Field's and fifteen specialty shops- had their grand opening. Shoppers entered to find an interior designed with brick-paved streets lit by old-fashioned street lights. More stores would follow until the mall reached its planned 140 specialty shops and four department stores. JCPenney was constructed on the north end of the mall in 1997 to replace the failing Lakehurst Mall location. Hawthorn was originally constructed without a food court ; the existing one was added in 1983 and has been renovated several times since.

Future plans
As of 2006, Westfield is seeking approval to add-on and remodel the current mall. The plans call for the current Carson Pirie Scott to be demolished and a bigger store will be built, a 14 screen movie theatre to be built, a revamped futuristic food court, and finally parking garages would be added on top of and beneath some of the existing mall. The $110 million dollar project will make the 1,200,000-square-foot (111,000 m 2) mall expand to a 1,600,000 square feet (149,000 m 2).

  • Carson Pirie Scott (112,121 sq ft.) (opened 1973 as Lord & Taylor, became Carson Pirie Scott in 1990)
  • J. C. Penney (196,224 sq ft.) (opened 1997, which moved from Lakehurst Mall)
  • Macy's (227,432 sq ft.) (opened 1973 as Marshall Field's, became Macy's in 9/9/2006)
  • Sears (229,606 sq ft.) (opened 1973 as original anchor)

Building Activity

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