The Esplanade (Kenner, Louisiana)

The Esplanade, also known as Esplanade Mall, is a suburban shopping mall located in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner, Louisiana, United States. Its anchors are Dillard's Clearance Center, 3.6.5+ by image, Target, and Regal Cinemas' Regal Grand Esplanade & GPX. Its former anchors are D. H. Holmes, Macy's (the first Macy's in Louisiana), and Mervyn's.[1] It opened in September 1985 and was owned by the Simon Property Group, who acquired it when they acquired the Mills Corporation in 2007. It is now owned by Kohan Retail Investment Group.

The Esplanade
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LocationKenner, Louisiana, United States
Opening dateOctober 9, 1985
DeveloperCadillac Fairview
OwnerKohan Retail Investment Group
No. of stores and services28
No. of anchor tenants4 (3 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area900,000 sq.ft.
No. of floors2 (1 in Target)
WebsiteThe Esplanade

HistoryEdit

The mall was built and opened on October 9, 1985. The original owners were Cadillac Fairview. The Mills bought it in 2003 and planned to add new retail including two new anchors (Target and Bass Pro Shops), as well as a new movie theater, but the plan fell through as the Mills faced financial difficulties.[2] Dillard's acquired the former D. H. Holmes anchor in 1989, and opened a men's store in the mall after the Godchaux's anchor closed in 1992.

The mall closed in August 2005 after sustaining damage from Hurricane Katrina, reopening by October 2005. Macy's closed its store in the Esplanade,[3] but re-opened in October 2008.[4] Mervyn's closed in 2006 and the former Mervyn's anchor sat vacant until 2010. In July 2010, it was announced that the former Mervyn's anchor would be demolished. Since then, a 138,000 sq ft (12,800 m2) Target has been built in its place. The new store officially opened July 24, 2011.[5]

In late 2011, Dillard's Men's Store closed, and in February 2012, the other Dillard's location was converted into a clearance center.[6]

Macy's closed again in 2017 as part of a nation-wide downsizing.[citation needed]

On October 5, 2020, Cineworld announced it would close all Regal, Cineworld, Picturehouse Cinemas, and Grand Cinemas locations in the US, UK, Ireland temporarily. The mall as of 2021 owes various back taxes totaling $320,000. While investigating the back taxes, it was found by Jefferson Parish, Louisiana that taxes had been missed on the empty Macy's in 1992, totaling an additional $480,000 owed. Parts of the mall went to tax sale but went unsold, and were taken over by Jefferson Parish.[7]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NewsLibrary Search Results". newsbank.com. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Mills-ifying the Regional Mall". retailtrafficmag.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  3. ^ Macy's revises plans to reopen at Esplanade in N.O. | New Orleans CityBusiness | Find Articles at BNET.com
  4. ^ New Orleans CityBusiness - The Business Newspaper of Metropolitan New Orleans Archived 2008-03-28 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Target's new location in the Esplanade Mall opens Sunday, July 24 | Gambit
  6. ^ "Fashion Liquidation stores in New Orleans". Gambit. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  7. ^ Roberts III, Faimon A. "Struggling Esplanade mall in Kenner could owe more than $1M in back taxes, officials say". NOLA. Retrieved 6 May 2021.

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Coordinates: 30°00′59″N 90°14′57″W / 30.01639°N 90.24917°W / 30.01639; -90.24917