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Volusia Mall is a super-regional shopping mall located in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is the largest retail shopping center in the Volusia-Flagler market. Opened on October 15, 1974, the mall comprises more than 120 stores on one level, as well as a food court. Anchor stores are JCPenney, Macy's, Sears, and three Dillard's locations. The mall is owned and managed by CBL & Associates Properties.

Volusia Mall
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Entrance sign from Highway 92
LocationDaytona Beach, Florida, United States
Opening dateOctober 14, 1974; 44 years ago (October 14, 1974)
DeveloperEdward J. DeBartolo Corporation
ManagementCBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
OwnerCBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
No. of stores and services120
No. of anchor tenants6 (5 open, 1 Vacant)
Total retail floor area1,064,768 sq ft (98,920 m2)
No. of floors1 (2 Floors in Anchor Stores except JCPenney)
Public transit accessBus transport Votran bus: 10, 11, 18, 19
WebsiteVolusiaMall.net
Information from CBL Properties and The Daytona Beach News-Journal[1][2]

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HistoryEdit

Volusia Mall opened in 1974 at a 93-acre (380,000 m2) site on U.S. Highway 92, adjacent to I-95 and U.S. 1. It was originally built with 4 anchors; Ivey's, May-Cohens, Sears and JCPenney. Ivey's opened with the mall, in October 1974. May-Cohens came inline in December. Sears was the next to open, in February 1975, followed by JCPenney, in August 1975. Like Coastland Center also in Florida, all of the anchors except for JCPenney were built as two-level stores.

The first expansion of Volusia Mall was completed in March 1982, when two-level Burdines and Belk-Lindsey stores were added to the existing structure.

Maison Blanche acquired the May-Cohen's / May Florida chain in June 1988. The store was branded as a Gayfers in early 1992, when the Maison Blanche chain was acquired by Fairfield, Ohio-based Mercantile Stores. Ivey's was the first anchor to be converted to Dillard's, doing so in June 1990, and this was likewise done at Orange Park Mall. Belk-Lindsey's location at the mall became a second Dillard's in November 1996. The mall gained its third Dillard's in 1998 when the Gayfers chain (along with Mercantile Stores) was acquired by the Little Rock retailer, thus making the mall the first mall in the country to have three Dillard's stores, and this also resulted in a second location at Cordova Mall. Burdines was dual-branded as Burdines-Macy's in 2003, dropping the Burdines name in 2005.

Original tenants in Volusia Mall included a Walgreens pharmacy and a tri-screen movie theater. After Walgreens relocated outside the mall, its space was converted to another mall entrance, while the theater became a storefront church. Center court housed a large fountain and wishing well a couple hundred feet in size. The structure featured multiple geysers as well as a jogging path and was also used to stage special events. This feature was downsized in 1997. The Volusia Mall is the largest mall in the Daytona Beach area.[2]

On December 28, 2018, it was announced that Sears would be closing as part of a plan to close 80 stores nationwide. The store closed on March 10, 2019 .[3] On April 22, 2019, Transform Saleco LLC purchased the Sears building for $5.9 Million. It is unknown what is planned for the future of the former Sears.[4]

TransportEdit

Votran routes 10, 11, 18, and 19 serve the mall from Monday to Saturday during daylight hours (except those days that fall on holidays). Votran Night Service Route 10 serves the mall at night from Monday to Saturday with a limited schedule on Sundays and holidays.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fact Sheet - Volusia Mall". CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. Retrieved 2007-08-03.
  2. ^ a b "Volusia Mall Getting Some Adjustments". The Daytona Beach News-Journal. 31 August 2005.
  3. ^ Thomas, Lauren (2018-12-28). "Sears is closing 80 more stores in March, faces possible liquidation". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  4. ^ Park, Clayton. "Sears building at Volusia Mall sold for $5.9M". Daytona Beach News-Journal Online.

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