Orlando Fashion Square

Orlando Fashion Square is a two-story indoor shopping mall located in Orlando, Florida. Opened in 1973, it features over 80 stores in over 1 million square feet of shop space. The mall's anchor stores are J. C. Penney, Macy's, and Dillard's Outlet. Predating the mall's opening was a Sears department store opened in 1963; this store closed in 2017 and has undergone demolition for redevelopment of the mall. Other major tenants include a bowling alley, movie theater, food court, and Planet Fitness. The mall is managed by UP Development, Inc.

Orlando Fashion Square
Orlando Fashion Square Orlando, FL April 2017 (34592325886)
Entrance to Orlando Fashion Square, April 2017
LocationOrlando, Florida, USA
Opening dateJuly 30, 1973[1]
DeveloperLeonard L. Farber
OwnerUP Development, Inc.
No. of stores and services80
No. of anchor tenants3 (formerly 4)
Total retail floor area1,085,651 square feet (101,000 m2)[1]
No. of floors2 (second floor located at food court)
Public transit accessLocal Transit Lynx 13, 28, 29, 104
Websitehttp://www.orlandofashionsquare.com

History

The first store operational on the site was a 173,000-square-foot (16,100 m2) Sears department store, which opened for business in late 1963.[2] The mall was first announced in 1971 by developer Leonard L. Farber, who also developed Pompano Square (now Pompano Citi Centre) in Pompano Beach, Florida. Under the original plans, the mall would be attached to the existing Sears store, with Burdines as the second anchor.[3][4]

A free-standing movie theater was built on an outparcel in 1975 which existed until 1989. In 1988, J. W. Robinson's became Maison Blanche, who then built a new store behind the original two years later. The previous store would become more inline mall space connecting the new store with the rest of the mall. Maison Blanche became Gayfer's in 1992, which was then sold to Dillard's in 1998. J.C. Penney built a new store at the mall to replace a store at Winter Park Mall in 1993. An interior renovation completed in 2002. In 2004, a new movie theater owned by Premiere Cinemas opened in the mall. Burdines became Macy's in 2005.

In 2013, PREIT sold the mall to UP Development, Inc. for $35 million. The new owner has plans to redevelop the mall.[5] One year later a new Bowling alley was added and the Movie Theater was rebuilt.

In 2014, Dillard's converted its store to a Dillard's Clearance Center, and closed its second floor.[6], and lost several stores such as Bath and Body Works, Victoria's Secret and The Limited

On August 9, 2016 Sears announced their intentions to close their store at this mall. The Sears store was demolished in April 2017. Floor & Decor is being built to replace Sears.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b "Orlando Fashion Square Fact Sheet" (PDF). PREIT. Retrieved 2010-10-17.
  2. ^ "Orlando Sears store opens Wednesday". The Orlando Sentinel. October 30, 1963. p. 4C. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "$30 million center for shops coming". The Orlando Sentinel. September 28, 1971. p. 7C. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  4. ^ Williams, Andy (July 29, 1973). "Farber's foresight paying dividends". The Orlando Sentinel. p. 31E. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "OrlandoFashionSquare'sPriceTag:$35M=Orlando Business Journal". February 13, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  6. ^ Jacobson, Susan (8 August 2014). "Dillard's at Orlando Fashion Square to become 1-story clearance store". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  7. ^ Carchidi, Jim (18 May 2017). "Sears demolition underway at Orlando Fashion Square mall". Orlando Business Journal. Retrieved 22 April 2018.

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Coordinates: 28°33′13″N 81°20′27″W / 28.553523°N 81.34093°W

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