Aventura Mall
Interior of the mall in February 2020
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LocationAventura, Florida, United States
Coordinates25°57′29″N 80°08′35″W / 25.95806°N 80.14306°W / 25.95806; -80.14306
Address19501 Biscayne Boulevard
Opening dateApril 29, 1983; 40 years ago (April 29, 1983)
DeveloperOxford Development Co. and Edward J. DeBartolo Corp.
ManagementTurnberry Associates
OwnerTurnberry Associates
Simon Property Group (33.3%)
No. of stores and services300+
No. of anchor tenants5
Total retail floor area2,800,000 square feet (260,000 m2)
No. of floors2 with partial third floors (3 in both Macy's locations, Bloomingdale's, Treats Food Hall, 4 in the Nordstrom parking garage, 6 in the Macy's Men and Bloomingdale's parking garages as well as the 2017 wing parking garage, 7 in the Macy's women garage)
Parking9,800
Websiteaventuramall.com

Aventura Mall is a shopping mall located in Aventura, Florida. It is the third-largest mall in the United States by total square feet of retail space and the largest mall in Florida. The mall features JCPenney, Macy's, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale's, in addition to a 24-screen AMC Theatres.

Aventura Mall has more than 50 eateries and restaurants, including Treats Food Hall,[1] and the experiential Arts Aventura Mall[2] program.

The Brightline Aventura Station, which opened in December 2022, is located across Biscayne Boulevard from the mall. A pedestrian bridge across Biscayne Blvd. is planned, to provide direct access to the mall from the station. In the interim, Brightline is providing free shuttle bus service.

History

In April 1983, the Oxford Development Company, led by partners Donald Soffer, Edward J. Lewis, Mark E. Mason, Eugene Lebowitz, and Ray Parello officially dedicated Aventura Mall. There would be four anchors in the original, 1.2-million-square-foot (110,000 m2), complex: Lord & Taylor, JCPenney (opened April 28, 1983), Sears (opened July 6, 1983, three weeks after another at Miami International Mall), and Macy's opened October 1, 1983.

On board as an original investor in the project was mall-developer Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. The mall was originally designed to accommodate a fifth anchor, and there was a section of drywall in a place where its mall entrance would be located.

Soon after its construction, Soffer left Oxford. As part of the break-up of assets, Soffer's new firm, Turnberry Associates assumed control of the Aventura Mall. In 1996, the DeBartolo Realty Corporation, which owned the minority interest once held by Edward J. DeBartolo, was acquired by Simon Property Group.

In 1996, the ground was broken for a major expansion of Aventura Mall. The addition, built onto the southeast end of the existing complex, consisted of a three-story atrium with an multiplex cinema and restaurants at a new entrance.[3] Part of the new development were two three-story parking garages surrounding the new anchor stores' southeast facades.

The Mall continued to expand, with major additions being added in November 1997 and August 1999. The mall underwent a $20 million renovation in late 2006. The mall expanded again in 2017 by opening a new three-level, 241,000-square-foot (22,400 m2) expansion wing.[4][5]

In March 2019, LEVEL THREE, a 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) venue designed by Carlos Zapata, was launched.

By 2023, since the government lockdown, Aventura Mall had announced several newest additions, among them are Mango, Dr. Martens, Vuori, Garage, Aesop, Hermès, Balenciaga, Armani Exchange, BVLGARI, and Valentino.[6]

Incidents

On May 29, 2020, two people were taken to the Aventura Hospital after a shooting incident occurred in the Nordstrom part of the Aventura Mall.[7]

On May 8, 2021, a shooting incident occurred near Nordstrom in the Aventura Mall. The shooter was arrested.[8]

Current anchors

Former anchors

See also

References

  1. ^ Hussain, Selima (November 2017). "11 Eateries Coming To Aventura Mall's New Food Hall". NBC 6 South Florida. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  2. ^ "WRE Films: Aventura Mall - The Collection". World Red Eye. November 30, 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "S. Fla. Fashionistas Gather For H&M's Aventura Opening « CBS Miami". cbslocal.com. December 14, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  4. ^ "Why a giant new slide is so important to Aventura Mall — and what it's like to ride it« Miami Herald". miamiherald.com. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  5. ^ "Dining • Aventura Mall". Aventura Mall. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  6. ^ "Aventura Mall welcomes Hermès, Balenciaga, BVLGARI and more". Miami's Community Newspapers. March 8, 2022. Archived from the original on March 11, 2022.
  7. ^ "2 injured in a shooting incident at the Aventura Mall". Aventura Mall shooting breaking headlines from WPLG Channel 10. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  8. ^ Matter, Bridgette (November 17, 2021). "Shoppers seen running for their lives in video of shooting at Aventura Mall". WPLG. Retrieved November 18, 2021.