Seminole Towne Center

Seminole Towne Center is a super-regional enclosed mall located in Sanford, Florida, 20 mi (32 km) north of Orlando at the intersection of I-4 and SR 417. It has 1,136,579 square feet (105,591.6 m2) of gross leasable space.

Seminole Towne Center
Seminole Towne Center logo
Seminole Towne Center Sanford, FL July 2017 (36593021534).jpg
Interior of Seminole Towne Center in July 2017. The food court is straight ahead.
LocationSanford, Florida, United States
Opening dateSeptember 22, 1995; 24 years ago (September 22, 1995)
DeveloperMelvin Simon Associates
OwnerKohan Retail Investment Group[1]
No. of stores and services120
No. of anchor tenants6 (4 open, 2 vacant)[2]
Total retail floor area1,136,579 square feet (105,591.6 m2)[3]
No. of floors2
Public transit accessLocal Transit Lynx 46 West
Websiteseminoletownecenter.com

HistoryEdit

The mall opened in 1995 with Dillard's, JCPenney, Sears, Burdines, (now Macy's since 2005 and closing in 2020), and Parisian (became McRae's in 2004 and Belk in 2006 instead of becoming Belk in 2007 like most of the other Parisian stores including The Avenues). Following that store's closure in 2010, the space is now Burlington and Dick's Sporting Goods since 2012.[4][5] Dillard's also opened a store at Pembroke Lakes Mall by the time of the mall's opening, while Parisian opened another Florida store at The Avenues a year before. Ivey's (who also wanted to open at The Avenues and The Florida Mall) and Maison Blanche (which was to build stores at Westfield Brandon and Westfield Citrus Park) have also signed as anchors. However, Dillard's purchased Ivey's and Maison Blanche was taken over by Gayfers, which never opened there. This created an available anchor pad that never came into fruition.[6]

On May 8, 2009, Orlando Business Journal reported the coming addition of a 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) H&M store, which was the second in Florida, with the first being at The Florida Mall.[7] Additionally, Sears closed the lower level of its anchor store at the center in 2012 and that space is yet to be filled. Simon sold the mall to Washington Prime Group in May 2014.[8] In 2015, 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) of retail space near Macy's was cleared and converted into an Athletic Apex health club, which opened in 2016.

On May 31, 2018, Sears announced that its store would be closing as part of a plan to close 63 stores nationwide. The store closed on September 2, 2018.[9] On January 7, 2020, it was announced that Macy's would be closing in April 2020 as a part of a plan to close 125 stores nationwide.[10] Washington Prime Group transferred the mall's ownership to Kohan Retail Investment Group in March 2020.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Rabines, Amanda (March 31, 2020). "Seminole Towne Center owner sells to investment group with plans to revitalize struggling mall". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "New Mall Short On Suprises [sic]".
  5. ^ https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/stories/2004/02/02/daily21.html
  6. ^ http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1990-09-10/business/90090890987_1_galleria-mall-anchor
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ "Wp Glimcher". Wpglimcher.com. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  9. ^ Arnold, Kyle. "Sears closing Sanford mall store, 62 others".
  10. ^ https://www.wesh.com/article/macys-sanford-closing-clearance-sale-soon/30431988

Coordinates: 28°48′12″N 81°20′21″W / 28.8033623°N 81.3392539°W / 28.8033623; -81.3392539