Town Center at Boca Raton

Town Center at Boca Raton (also known as the Town Center Mall or Boca Town Center) is an upscale super-regional shopping mall located in the city of Boca Raton, Florida approximately 30 miles south of the city of Palm Beach, Florida and 20 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Mall anchors are Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue with one vacant anchor space last occupied by Sears, and other notable tenants include The Container Store, Crate & Barrel, Forever 21, Banana Republic, Apple Store, Tesla, Pandora Jewelry, and Louis Vuitton.[1] The center is the largest enclosed and conventional shopping mall in Palm Beach County, and is the second largest in total by square footage in South Florida, behind the Aventura Mall.

Town Center at Boca Raton
LocationBoca Raton, Florida, United States
Coordinates26°21′57″N 80°08′01″W / 26.365820°N 80.133551°WCoordinates: 26°21′57″N 80°08′01″W / 26.365820°N 80.133551°W
Address6000 Glades Road
Opening dateAugust 13, 1980
DeveloperArvida Corp., Homart Development Company, and Federated Department Stores, Inc.
ManagementSimon Property Group, Inc.
OwnerSimon Property Group, Inc.
ArchitectRTKL Associates, Inc.
No. of stores and services206
No. of anchor tenants6 (5 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area1,778,660 square feet (165,243 m2)
No. of floors1 (2 in Crate & Barrel, Forever 21, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, the Macy's and Saks parking garage, the Bloomingdale's parking garage, and former Sears, soon to be D&B, 3 in Macy's and Bloomingdale's and the Nordstrom parking garage)
Parking8,000
WebsiteOfficial website

History

The Town Center Mall opened in 1980 on a site just west of Interstate 95 directly on Glades Road. The one-story mall was built by Sears subsidiary Homart Development Company as construction started with the Florida-based department store Burdines as the first anchor in July. Sears also served as the mall's west end anchor, having opened within the mall on August 13, 1980 alongside Jordan Marsh as the second and third anchors. At the time of opening, the mall had 100 stores and featured a New York City theme with a round black station clock, living vegetation below a series of atriums, and several distinctive wishing fountains. The mall's opening led to Boca Raton growing west, and as a result, the city became a retail hub for southern Florida. Another anchor, Lord & Taylor, opened at center court in 1987 where Neiman Marcus was to open, followed by an expansion featuring Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue a year later, making the mall's department store mix unparalled in the country.

While the Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, and Sears locations remained the same throughout most of the mall's history, the other three anchor pads changed as a result of mergers, acquisitions, and relocations. Jordan Marsh was husbanded in 1991 because of Allied Stores and was converted to Mervyns in 1992, which in turn closed in 1995 and was to become Dillard's in 1997 as they took over ten Florida stores from the California retailer. Unfortunately, Saks needed more space to perform better so they decided to refurbish that spot for a larger store, which had a two-year construction period until 1999 including a new second floor entrance to the new parking deck. This caused the demolition of the original building to make way for another new concourse featuring Florida's first Nordstrom store, and because of this expansion in 2000, the mall was renovated. Lord & Taylor left in 2002 as part of a statewide liquidation and was torn down for Neiman Marcus, which rebuilt the store in 2005. The Burdines store was converted to Burdines-Macy's in 2003 and then simply Macy's also in 2005. Moreover, the food court's seating was reconfigured to accommodate more people, and a Waldenbooks (which closed in 2010) opened on its southern side. Mall entrances were remodeled with sun canopies and decorative towers to add exterior appeal. Parking layouts were rearranged to allow a three-story parking garage at the future Nordstrom, and a two-story garage at the recently refurbished Burdines (now Macy's) and larger Saks (which was to be taken over by Dillard's before remodeling) with another by Bloomingdale's. A lifestyle center called The Terrace at Town Center was completed in 2007 featuring Crate & Barrel and Youfit Health Clubs. The mixed-use development is in between the expanded Bloomingdale's and the Nordstrom parking garage.

In 2015, Sears Holdings spun of 235 of its properties, including the Sears at Town Center at Boca Raton, into Seritage Growth Properties.[2]

On January 4, 2018, it was announced that Sears would be closing as part of a plan to shut down 103 stores nationwide, making it the mall's last original anchor to close. The store closed on April 8, 2018, which left Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue as the only anchors left. A day later, Simon announced plans to redevelop the two story space with Dave & Buster's on the second floor and shops and restaurants on the first floor, which is scheduled to be complete in late 2019. It is one of seven malls owned by Simon to redevelop a shuttered Sears.[3]

Anchors

Current:

  • Bloomingdale's (opened as part of mall expansion) (1988-Present)
  • Macy's (former Burdines location) (2005-Present)
  • Neiman Marcus (opened in the former Lord & Taylor location) (2005-Present)
  • Nordstrom (built within new concourse and replaced the original Saks Fifth Avenue) (2000-Present)
  • Saks Fifth Avenue {CURRENT LOCATION} (former Jordan Marsh and Mervyn's location) (1999-present)

Former:

  • Jordan Marsh {ORIGINAL TENANT} (closed in 1991)(1980-1991)
  • Mervyn's (Land was to become Dillard's in 1997, but was instead remodeled into the relocated Saks Fifth Avenue) (1992-1995)
  • Lord & Taylor (closed in 2002 and demolished for Neiman Marcus) (1987-2002)
  • Burdines {ORIGINAL TENANT} (became Macy's in 2005) (1980-2005)
  • Sears {ORIGINAL TENANT} (closed on April 8, 2018 and the first floor is to be redeveloped into shops and restaurants and the second floor into a Dave and Buster’s) (1980-2018)
  • Saks Fifth Avenue {ORIGINAL LOCATION} (moved to its current location because it needed a larger space) (1988-1997)

2007 murders

In 2007, several murders at the mall drew national attention. In March, a 52-year-old woman was kidnapped and murdered. In December, a 47-year-old woman and her 7-year-old daughter were also kidnapped, and later found bound and shot in the head in the woman's SUV in the mall parking lot. This case was featured on America's Most Wanted and caused host John Walsh to say he believed a serial killer to be in the city. Though there is no forensic evidence to suggest the murders were committed by the same person, the similarities in the cases led police to believe they were related. In addition, a similar incident occurred at the mall in August, in which a woman and her 2-year-old son were kidnapped and tied found in the car, but left alive. To this day, the murders all remain unsolved.[4][5][6][7]

References

  1. ^ "Store Directory for Town Center at Boca Raton".
  2. ^ http://www.seritage.com/retail/property/5900-glades-rd/3312476/landing
  3. ^ https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2018/01/05/sears-at-town-center-at-boca-raton-mall-to-close.html
  4. ^ Jacobson, Kate. "Killer in unsolved 2007 Boca slayings bought plastic ties, duct tape in Miami-Dade, officials say". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  5. ^ Fooksman, Leon. "America's Most Wanted host: Serial killer at work in Boca". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  6. ^ Angel, Greg. "Have the murders of a mother and daughter shopping at a Boca mall gone cold?". WPEC. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  7. ^ "Four years, no answers in Boca's Town Center murders". palmbeachpost. Retrieved 2017-07-28.

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Boca Raton, Florida

Boca Raton (; Spanish: Boca Ratón, pronounced [ˈboka raˈton]) is the southernmost city in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States, first incorporated on August 2, 1924 as "Bocaratone," and then incorporated as "Boca Raton" in 1925. The 2015 population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau was 93,235. However, approximately 200,000 people with a Boca Raton postal address reside outside its municipal boundaries. Such areas include newer developments like West Boca Raton. As a business center, the city also experiences significant daytime population increases. It is one of the wealthiest communities in South Florida. Boca Raton is 43 miles (69 km) north of Miami and is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which had a population of 6,012,331 people as of 2015.

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Many buildings in the area have a Mediterranean Revival or Spanish Colonial Revival architectural theme, initially inspired by Addison Mizner, a resort architect who heavily influenced the city's early development. Still today, Boca Raton has a strict development code for the size and types of commercial buildings, building signs, and advertisements that may be erected within the city limits. No outdoor car dealerships are allowed in the municipality; further, Walmart is blocked from within the city proper. No billboards are permitted; the city's only billboard was grandfathered in during annexation. The strict development code has led to several major thoroughfares without large signs or advertisements in the traveler's view.

Boca Raton Community High School

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Boca Raton Museum of Art

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Boca Raton Regional Hospital

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Boca Raton Resort

The Boca Raton Resort & Club, which opened February 6, 1926 as the Cloister Inn, is a large resort and membership-based club located in Boca Raton, Florida. Originally designed by California-born architect, Addison Mizner, it was intended to have been the second of two hotels, with the other an oceanfront hotel. However, the Ritz-Carlton Investment Corporation became involved in the project, and wanted the oceanfront hotel redesigned, so construction began on the then-smaller 100 room inn on the west side of Lake Boca Raton. Throughout the Florida land boom of the 1920s, Mizner visioned and began to plan Boca Raton as a major resort destination. To that extent a golf course and residential community, the Ritz-Carlton Park, was planned west of the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. Today this is the site of Sugar Sand Park and Boca Del Mar. Nevertheless, the resort didn't gain a full-service country club until the acquisition of the Boca Country Club, seven miles northwest of the main hotel, immediately outside of the city limits.

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Florida Atlantic University

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Mizner Park

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Cooper Carry designed Mizner as a classical Mediterranean revival town center. It is named for architect Addison Mizner, founder of Boca Raton.

Olympic Heights Community High School

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Palm Beach County is one of the three counties in South Florida that make up the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,158,824 people in 2017.The area had been increasing in population since the late 19th century, with the incorporation of West Palm Beach in 1894 and after Henry Flagler extended the Florida East Coast Railway and built the Royal Poinciana Hotel, The Breakers, and Whitehall. In 1928, the Okeechobee hurricane struck Palm Beach County and caused thousands of deaths. More recently, the county acquired national attention during the 2000 presidential election, when a controversial recount occurred.

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Town Center

A town center is the commercial or geographical center or core area of a town.

Town Center may also refer to:

Town Center at Aurora, a shopping mall in Aurora, Colorado, United States

Town Center at Boca Raton, a shopping center in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Florida

Town Center at Cobb, a shopping mall in Kennesaw, Georgia, United States

Town Center at Corte Madera, a shopping mall in Corte Madera, California

Town Center Improvement District, a government agency in The Woodlands, Texas

Town Center One, a high-rise in Dadeland, Miami-Dade County, Florida

Town Center Park, a small municipal park in Wilsonville, Oregon, United States

Town Center Plaza, an open-air shopping center in Leawood, Kansas, United States

Town Center, Columbia, Maryland, a town in Columbia, Maryland, United States

Alabang Town Center, a shopping mall in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Philippines

Botany Town Centre, a 200-shop complex with non-joined malls in Auckland, New Zealand

Charleston Town Center, a shopping mall in Charleston, West Virginia, United States

Clackamas Town Center, a shopping mall in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States

New Town Center (Maryland), a planned urban center in Hyattsville, Maryland, United States

Odenton Town Center, an area of Odenton, Maryland, United Statues

Peninsula Town Center, an open air mixed-use development in Hampton, Virginia

Reston Town Center, a mixed-use development in Reston, Virginia, United States

Santa Maria Town Center, a shopping mall in Santa Maria, California, United States

Southfield Town Center, a skyscraper complex in Southfield, Michigan, United States

Sunnyvale Town Center, a former shopping mall in Sunnyvale, California, United States

Virginia Beach Town Center, a group of offices, hotels, stores, and restaurants in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Winrock Town Center, an open air mixed-use development under construction in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Town Center (building), the 26th tallest building in Columbus, Ohio

Town Center Drive, the major road in Summerlin, Nevada

Town Center Mall

Town Center Mall may refer to:

Town Center at Aurora, shopping mall in Aurora, Colorado (formerly known as Aurora Mall)

Town Center at Boca Raton, shopping mall in Boca Raton, Florida

Town Center at Cobb, shopping mall in Kennesaw, Georgia

Town Center at Corte Madera, shopping mall in Corte Madera, California

Sunnyvale Town Center, former shopping mall in Sunnyvale, California

West Boca Raton Community High School

West Boca Raton Community High School is an accredited public high school in Boca Raton, Florida. The school is part of the School District of Palm Beach County and is zoned for the far western area of Boca Raton, with students from any part of the Palm Beach County School District able to enroll if they are accepted into at least one of the school's academies. Its curriculum includes a set of magnet programs, or academies, available to all students who qualify. Academies offered at West Boca High include Medical Science, Computer Science, Drafting and Design, Culinary Arts, and Performing Arts.

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