Dadeland Mall
Partial view of the mall, as seen from the Palmetto Expressway. The original landmark tower with the letter 'D' is still present.
LocationKendall, Florida
Coordinates25°41′25″N 80°18′43″W / 25.69028°N 80.31194°W / 25.69028; -80.31194
Address7535 North Kendall Drive
Opening dateOctober 1, 1962; 61 years ago (1962-10-01)
DeveloperJoseph Meyerhoff
ManagementSimon Property Group
OwnerSimon Property Group (50%)
Morgan Stanley (50%)
No. of stores and services167[1]
No. of anchor tenants4
Total retail floor area1,498,485 sq ft (139,213.8 m2)[1]
No. of floors1 with partial upper level (2 in JCPenney, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Urban Outfitters, 3 in both Macy's locations)

Dadeland Mall is a large enclosed shopping mall located in Kendall, Florida, in the Dadeland district. The mall, originally developed by the Joseph Meyerhoff Company of Baltimore, opened October 1, 1962 as a 535,000-square-foot (49,700 m2), open-air complex of 60 stores and services.[2] Today the mall is about triple that size, with about 1,500,000 square feet (140,000 m2) of retail space. The mall features JCPenney, Macy's, Macy's Home Gallery and Kids, and Saks Fifth Avenue. The Dadeland North station is adjacent to the mall, and the Dadeland South station is located just south of the mall.


Aerial view looking northwest over the Dadeland Mall (circa 1969)
Fountain at the Dadeland Mall (circa 1969)
J.C. Penney Dadeland Mall

Originally an open-air center, the mall was anchored by Burdine's (spelled with an apostrophe at the time), and also boasted a Food Fair grocery, full-service Gray Drug and the Summit Restaurant, Lounge and Cafeteria (later known as The Forum). A Jordan Marsh anchor store was added to the west end, which opened in November 1966.

A massive construction project, initiated in late 1969, doubled the size of the mall by twinning it (leaving the huge Burdine's in the middle), and adding a wing of fully enclosed retail onto the east end. Moreover, the existing courts and concourses were fully enclosed and air-conditioned. Another feature of this expansion was the King of the Mall, an enormous Burger King (whose corporate headquarters were then located across from Dadeland on North Kendall Drive). This renovation project was completed with the opening of JCPenney, the mall's new east anchor store, in early 1971.

The mall attained notoriety as the site of a 1979 drug-related shooting spree during Miami's "Cocaine Cowboys" era. In broad daylight, two gunmen exited a paneled truck, entered a liquor store and gunned down two men, wounding the store clerk. The dead men were eventually identified as a Colombia-based cocaine trafficker and his bodyguard.[3]

On December 3, 1981, a 13 month old boy was found alive behind the mall, after having gone missing four days earlier, around three miles away. His parents, Alfonso Jesus Arrubla, a former M-19 guerrilla turned drug dealer and his wife María Eugenia Delgado were shot in the head along with four others at their Southwest Dade townhouse.[4]

A third expansion, undertaken in early 1983, added Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor to the south-facing front of the complex. A food court had also opened, in the shuttered Pantry Pride (former Food Fair) supermarket, in late 1983.

From 1984 to 1987, a massive renovation project, orchestrated by architect Dick Johnson, had the aging animal statues and drop ceiling removed. Considered a new approach at the time, it modernized the entire mall.

The iconic seahorse statue was deliberately cut in half during a renovation and placed into storage. It was unable to be reassembled and scrapped.

The other modern smooth colored concrete animals and geometric slides were donated to Miami-Dade County and can be seen in Dante Fascell Park in South Miami and at the Miami-Dade County children's day care center play yard to the east of Jackson Memorial Hospital. In 2004 Lord & Taylor repositioned and shuttered their location entirely. It became Nordstrom that same year.

One of the unique trademarks of the shopping complex is the concrete tower with a giant "D" (for Dadeland) at the top. This local landmark was there from the beginning.

Macy's Home Store Entrance Dadeland Mall. Former Jordan Marsh

Today, Dadeland is managed by the Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, who purchased 50% of the center in 1997. Morgan Stanley owns the other 50%.[2] The anchors include Florida's largest Macy's (Macy's Florida's flagship store), as well as Macy's Home Gallery & Kids (the west end anchor), JCPenney, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Former tenants of the west end anchor space, currently occupied by the Macy's Home Gallery & Kids, were Jordan Marsh (1966–1991) and Burdines Home Store (1993–2005), which was eventually to be taken over by Mervyns with Dillard's as another bidder, but these stores didn't take over the space. Former tenants of the southeast end anchor space were Lord & Taylor (1983–2004) and Nordstrom (2004–2020).

Dadeland Mall's largest restaurant is The Cheesecake Factory.

The outer part of the mall, particularly the original main entrance, was featured in the 1985 Chuck Norris film Invasion U.S.A. The inside and outside of the mall was featured in the 1990 Alec Baldwin film Miami Blues. The mall has been remodeled since both of those films however. In the late 1990s, talks were underway about adding a second floor to the entire mall. This project would have doubled the mall's space plus add second-floor access to the anchor stores all of which already have second floors. This project was rejected.

On May 7, 2020, Nordstrom, which also maintains several additional outposts nearby, announced plans to shutter along with several additional locations as a direct result of pulling back because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[5] Several additional replacement tenants are in the midst of early on discussions.[6]

On October 13, 2021, the AC Hotel Miami Dadeland opened its doors to guests.[7] In collaboration with Simon and Concord Hospitality Enterprises and Marriott, the hotel was constructed with European design and flexibility in mind. In addition to the pool, lounge, fitness center, and artwork featured in their public spaces, the hotel offers flexibility with available meeting rooms and a 3,610 sq. ft. venue space.[8]

Anchor stores


Dadeland Mall is located between South Dixie Highway (US-1) and the Palmetto Expressway (SR 826) at its southern terminus where it meets US-1. It is also served by the Dadeland North Metrorail station, which has a pedestrian walkway connecting to the mall.


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  2. ^ a b New Kendall wing brings trendy twist to Dadeland Mall, Iva Paiva Cordle, July 14, 2013,
  3. ^ "Miami". Underworld Histories. March 15, 2011. History Television. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19.
  4. ^ UPI (3 December 1981). "AROUND THE NATION; Boy Lost After Killings Found Unhurt in Miami". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Nordstrom Dadeland One Of 16 Stores Closing Its Doors For Good Due To Coronavirus Pandemic". CBSMiami. 11 May 2020. Retrieved 2020-06-22.
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  7. ^ Crowther, Isabel. "Simon and Concord Hospitality Open AC Hotel at Dadeland Mall in Miami". Hotel-Online. Retrieved 2022-04-29.
  8. ^ "Overview". Retrieved 2022-04-29.