Midway Crossings
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LocationMiami, Florida
Coordinates25°46′26″N 80°19′19″W / 25.77389°N 80.32194°W / 25.77389; -80.32194
Address7795 West Flagler Street
Opening date1970
DeveloperG. C. Evans
OwnerSterling Organization
No. of anchor tenants6 (5 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area798,149 sq ft (74,150.5 m2)[1]
No. of floors1 plus partial upper level
Websitehttps://www.sterlingorganization.com/properties/midway-crossings/

Midway Crossings is an enclosed shopping mall located at 7795 West Flagler Street next to the Palmetto Expressway in Miami, Florida. The anchor stores are The Home Depot, Burlington Coat Factory, Costco, Marshalls, Ross Dress for Less, and a Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles office.

History

At its grand opening in 1970, it was known as Midway Mall. It was built by local developer G. C. Evans.[2] The name change to Mall of the Americas took place in December 1987.[3]

Former anchor department stores included Richard's, Jefferson Ward, and Woolco, all of which closed in the 1980s.[4] The Woolco store was converted in 1983 to a discount clothing store called Winston's.[5]

After falling to 30 percent occupancy, the mall was re-tenanted to target a middle-class Latin American clientele. This renovation added discount anchors such as Marshalls,[6] plus an L. Luria & Sons and The Home Depot, the latter of which took the former Woolco after Winston's closed.[7] The mall was also renamed Mall of the Americas, and an eight-screen AMC Theatres multiplex was added. AMC added six additional screens.[8] Another notable tenant after the redevelopment was the first Forever 21 clothing store outside the chain's home base of California, however it is now closed.[9] Other retailers now at the mall include Old Navy Outlet, Ross Dress for Less and 14-screen AMC Theatres at the north end of the mall.

There is also Santa Cruz Furniture Store on the 2nd floor at the south end of the mall that was opened in the 1980s till the mid-1990s as it was replaced by TigerDirect office.

Tico Clothing store used to be located on the north side of the mall in 1980s till it was relocated to the south of the mall in the early 1990s as the Home Depot extends. In the mid-1990s, it was closed for TigerDirect store to take over.

Luria's the Jewelry and Gifts store closed in mid-1990s at the south end of the mall and replaced by Ross Dress for Less

The Home Depot moved to a new stand-alone building in 2003. There is also a TigerDirect store on the side of the mall that Burlington Coat Factory occupies. In 2010, the Tiger Direct outlet moved from the right of their corporate headquarters to the left, to allow mall access directly across from Ross. Two of the secondary entrances to the mall have several strip mall type stores near them that also have no mall access. In October 2015, it was announced that part of the north wing of the mall would be demolished to make room for Costco Wholesale, which is relocating to the mall.[10] As a result, the AMC Theatres closed in December 2015.

In 2015, Casa Lario’s, a Cuban restaurant located in the E84 building, closed.

As of June 1, 2016, the north wing of the mall has been demolished, and a newly constructed Costco building and gas station stand in its place.

In early 2017, Chuy’s Tex-Mex, a Mexican Restaurant, opened in the building once held by Casa Lario’s. In winter of 2017, the restaurant closed permanently.

On August 13, 2009, a 43-year-old woman set herself on fire at the mall, leading to its temporary closure.

In light of a major renovation planned by the mall, the name of the mall was changed to “Midway Crossings”. As part of the major renovations currently underway, there are several construction projects ongoing. There is an Aldi under construction in the East wing of the mall, next to the Burlington.

There is currently a Micro Center Electronics Store under construction on the North Side of the Mall.[1]

In mid May 2023, an Outback Steakhouse opened in the building in which Chuy’s Mexican once occupied back in 2017. This, along with the construction of Aldi’s and Micro Center, are all part of the renovation that the mall is currently undergoing. [2]

In June of 2023, the waterfalls, a unique icon of the mall located at the entrance to the food court, were demolished.

References

  1. ^ "Property brochure" (PDF). Sterling Organization. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Woolco opening is set for 144th in chain". The Miami News. September 16, 1970. pp. 6C. Retrieved January 8, 2022.
  3. ^ "MIDWAY MALL CHANGES NAME, IMAGE DEVELOPERS HOPE TO LURE NEW SHOPPERS", Miami Herald, 1987-12-24. Retrieved on 2009-08-06.
  4. ^ "Retail redo: New money pursues profits in old centers". The Miami Herald. 14 November 1988. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Midway Mall opens first of off-price sales stores". The Miami Herald. 10 November 1983. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  6. ^ Altaner, David (16 July 1990). "Controlled Access Opens Doors For Mall". The Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Overhauled Midway markets a new image". The Miami Herald. 31 August 1987. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Midway Mall changes name, image". The Miami Herald. 24 December 1987. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  9. ^ Koyen, Jeff. "Steal This Look: Will a wave of piracy lawsuits bring down Forever 21?". Radar Magazine. Archived from the original on 2010-10-11. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  10. ^ "Costco is coming to Mall of the Americas | Mall of the Americas". Archived from the original on 2015-12-09. Retrieved 2015-12-11.