Sawgrass Mills
A welcome sign at the Green Toad Road entrance to Sawgrass Mills in February 2022.
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LocationSunrise, Florida, United States
Coordinates26°09′05″N 80°19′15″W / 26.151353°N 80.320778°W / 26.151353; -80.320778
Opening dateOctober 4, 1990; 33 years ago (1990-10-04)
DeveloperMills Corporation
OwnerSimon Property Group
ArchitectArquitectonica
No. of stores and services400
No. of anchor tenants30 (29 open, 1 closed)
Total retail floor area2,370,610 square feet (220,237 m2)[1] ranked 11th
No. of floors1 (2 in Brandsmart USA and parking garage, six in the new garage)
Websitesawgrassmills.com
The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, Florida on February 20, 2022.
The Grand Lux Cafe in The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, Florida on February 20, 2022.
The "Oasis" section of the Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise, Florida on December 5, 2008.

Sawgrass Mills is a shopping mall in Sunrise, Florida, owned by Simon Property Group. With 2,370,610 square feet (220,237 m2) of retail selling space,[1] it is the eleventh largest mall in the United States, the largest single story outlet mall in the U.S., the largest shopping mall in Broward County, the second largest mall in Florida and the Miami metropolitan area after the Aventura Mall, and the third largest shopping mall in the southeastern United States. With over 21 million annual visitors, Sawgrass Mills is one of the most visited attractions in the state of Florida.

Overview

Designed in the shape of an alligator, Sawgrass Mills opened in 1990 as the third mall (and flagship) developed by the now-defunct Mills Corporation (now part of Simon Property Group). The mall has been expanded multiple times since then, and is located next to Amerant Bank Arena.[2][3] There are over 400 retail outlets and name brand discounters. Current anchors include AC Hotels by Mariott, adidas Outlet Store, Bloomingdale's: The Outlet Store, BrandsMart U.S.A., Burlington, Columbia Factory Outlet, Dick's Sporting Goods, Forever 21, In The Game/Johnny Rockets, Gap Factory, Grand Lux Cafe, H&M, HomeSense, Marshalls, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Nike Factory Store, Nordstrom Rack, Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, Primark, Q Store California, Regal Cinemas, Q Store California, Rainforest Cafe, Regal Cinemas, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Super Target, Texas De Brazil, and TJ Maxx. Sawgrass Mills is currently top ranked (in sales volume) in the Simon Property Group portfolio of 194 shopping centers. [4]

Because of its size, Sawgrass Mills is divided into three parts: the main mall, The Oasis, an outdoor component opened in 1999 including GameWorks which is now In The Game/Johnny Rockets, Regal Cinemas 23 IMAX, Polo Factory Outlet, The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, Texas de Brazil, Yard House, and Shake Shack. The Colonnade Outlets opened in 2006 as an upscale lifestyle center with shops and restaurants, anchored by Grand Lux Cafe, P.F. Chang's, Seasons 52, and featuring outlets by Burberry, Coach, Fendi, Frette, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, lululemon, Tory Burch, and Versace. Additionally, there are numerous other "outparcel" stores and plazas.[2][3]

The mall is named after saw grass, Cladium mariscus subsp. jamaicense, a very common plant in the Everglades. The mall's west Broward location was part of the Everglades before human development, and is less than a mile from the extent of the Everglades that is still present (just beyond the nearby State Road 869).[3]

History

The Phase I mall was dedicated in two stages. The first opened October 4, 1990 with the BrandSmart USA/Sears Outlet wing at the eastern end, extending past the Garden Food Court (next to Bealls, previously the Hurricane Food Court), to the Books-A-Million store at the western end of the mall. A second stage, dedicated November 15, 1990, extended the mall westward of the Books-A-Million store, past the second food court, the Market Food Court (next to Dick's Sporting Goods, previously the Sports Food Court) to the Marshalls/Spiegel Outlet (now Neiman Marcus Last Call Clearance Center) wing. Cobb Theatres (became Regal Cinemas in 1997) built an 18-screen cinema located at the Northeast corner of the mall, opening in December 1991.[5] A Target Greatland was added to the east wing of the mall, opening in July 1992.[6] It was expanded into a Super Target store in mid-2006. Phar-Mor was another early anchor to the mall.[7] Sam's Club opened outside of the mall to customers in 1993.

A Phase II addition, known as Veranda Main Street, opened November 14, 1995. It ran parallel to the middle mall corridor and contained TJ Maxx, Service Merchandise and the first location of Last Call by Neiman Marcus. This section is currently anchored by TJ Maxx (in the old Service Merchandise/American Signature Home space). This expansion was followed by The Oasis extension, opened April 15, 1999. It brought the mall out from near Burlington Coat Factory to Regal Cinemas (which was expanded to 23 screens). A parking garage was added in 2002 directly across the outside entrance to Burlington Coat Factory. Wannado City, an indoor amusement park with entry fee, opened in Spring 2004.[3]

The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills opened in 2006,[3] and was designed by BCT Design Group out of Baltimore. It is an outdoor outlet shopping plaza featuring outlets of more upscale brands such as St. John, Burberry, Coach, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade, and Tommy Bahama and restaurants such as Grand Lux Cafe, P. F. Chang's China Bistro, Villagio, and Zinburger. The Colonnade Outlets had expansions completed in 2009 and 2016 with the latest expansion featuring Tory Burch, John Varvartos, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Ted Baker, and Florida's first Matchbox restaurant.[8] A new parking garage opened next to the Colonnade Outlets in 2016 to accommodate more mall visitors and a Seasons 52 restaurant opened in Spring 2019. In August 2019, Barneys New York announced that their location would close as part of plan to close fifteen locations nationwide due to bankruptcy, and AC Hotels by Marriott opened in 2020.

Originally, the concourses had names and each turn was considered a rotunda or court and named for the style of stores it contained. The original mall concourses (running west to east) were Modern Main Street, Mediterranean Main Street, Art Deco Main Street and Caribbean Main Street. The courts were (running west to east) Entertainment Court, Cabana Court, Video Court, Rotunda Court and New Ideas Court. This proved harder to keep in effect as anchors and internal stores changed. Later, mall entrances were named after the parking lot areas, i.e., Yellow Toucan, Green Toad, Purple Parrot, White Seahorse, Red Snapper, Blue Dolphin, Pink Flamingo and New Ideas Court. In the mid-2000s, inspired by rival Dolphin Mall in Miami, the mall transitioned into the "Avenues" sections.

There was a kid's animatronic display in the Cabana Court, between Books-A-Million and the Rainforest Cafe, featuring singing flamingos and alligators welcoming the public to Sawgrass Mills. It was set up like a swamp and allowed people to toss coins into the shallow water which were donated to local charities. It was later converted to a waiting area designed after a ship, still with alligators, and then into Cha Cha's Adventure play area. The play area was removed in 2016 to make way for the improvements for Century 21 Department Store. Wannado City closed on January 12, 2011.

In 2013, Sawgrass Mills opened a new wing called Fashion Row in the former site of Wannado City.

Local retailer L. Luria & Sons was slated to open an anchor at Sawgrass Mills.[7] A lawsuit ensued when catalog showroom chain Service Merchandise opened instead, as the Luria company blamed Mills Corporation for choosing Service Merchandise instead.[9]

An expansion was opened in 2018 called the "Town Center at Sawgrass Mills" which features 25 full-price retailers, 4 new sit down restaurants, and another new parking garage for 2,000 vehicles. The new expansion is situated next to the recently expanded Colonnade Outlets and acts as an extension to the Colonnade Outlets but it was cancelled for some reasons.[10]

On September 10, 2020, it was announced that Century 21 Department Store would be closing all stores, including the Sawgrass Mills location.[11] This location closed on December 6, 2020.

In 2021, Q Store California opened the former Century 21.

On September 15, 2022, it was announced that Bed Bath & Beyond would be closing as part of a plan to close 150 stores nationwide.[12]

An aerial photograph of the Sawgrass Mills complex taken on July 7, 2018.

Department stores and anchors

The Marshalls at Sawgrass Mills on February 20, 2022.
Store Opened Previous stores Notes
AC Hotels by Mariott 2021 East end of Colonnade Outlets
adidas Outlet Store 2019 Urban Planet, FYE, Spec's Music
Bloomingdale's: The Outlet Store 2010 Books-A-Million
BrandsMart U.S.A. 1990
Burlington 1990
Camille La Vie Bealls Outlet, Group USA
Columbia Factory Outlet 2015 Anchor in Fashion Row, former Wannado City
Dick's Sporting Goods 2017 The Sports Authority
Forever 21 2013 Wannado City
In The Game/Johnny Rockets 2018 GameRoom, GameWorks
Gap Factory
Grand Lux Cafe 2006 Last remaining location in Florida
H&M 2017 TJ Maxx (1995-2017)
HomeSense 2023 Trendmax Outlet Store, JCPenney Outlet Store, Sears Outlet Store (1990-1994)
Marshalls 1990
Last Call by Neiman Marcus 1995
Nike Factory Store 2017
Nordstrom Rack
Old Navy Outlet 2015 Ron Jon Surf Shop Ron Jon Surf Shop moved to former Legal Sea Foods
Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse 2003
Primark 2019 Trendmax Outlet Store, JCPenney Outlet Store, Sears Outlet Store (1990-1994)
Q Store California 2021 Century 21 (department store), VF Outlet
Rainforest Cafe 1996
Regal Cinemas 1999 Cobb Cinemas
True Food Kitchen 2020 Ron Jon Surf Shop, Legal Sea Foods
Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th 1990
Super Target 2006 Target Greatland (1992–2006)
TJ Maxx 1995 (old), 2017 (new) American Signature Furniture (2003-2016), Service Merchandise (1990-2002) Moved to former American Signature Furniture location in 2017, with the old store becoming H&M
Texas De Brazil 2017 Hard Rock Cafe (1999-2004) remained abandoned until Barbie Dreamhouse Experience (2013-2015) took over the space
Vacant Bed Bath and Beyond (1990-2023)

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Sawgrass Mills Archived 2008-12-05 at the Wayback Machine, International Council of Shopping Centers. Accessed August 2, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Then & Now: See how Sawgrass Mills has grown since it opened 25 years ago". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2022-02-21.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Sawgrass Mills Mall — South Florida's No. 1 Visitor Destination". The Miami Herald. October 14, 2019. Retrieved 2022-02-20.
  4. ^ Reserved, Simon Property Group, L. P. and/or Its Affiliates (NYSE: SPG), © Copyright 1999-2022 All Rights. "About Sawgrass Mills®". www.simon.com. Retrieved 2022-02-21.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Russel, Candice. "Sawgrass 18, Florida's Largest Movie Theater, Opens In Sunrise". tribunedigital-sunsentinel.
  6. ^ "Target set to open Sawgrass Mills store". The Miami Herald.
  7. ^ a b Mills attracts category dominators: Sawgrass melds off-pricers with factory outlets – Sawgrass Mills, outlet shopping center | Discount Store News | Find Articles at BNET.com
  8. ^ danny (2017-04-18). "Matchbox American Kitchen Opens First Florida Location". Food Newsfeed. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  9. ^ Luria's of Florida Wins Ruling against Big Rival, Service Merchandise.(Originated from The Miami Herald) – Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News – HighBeam Research[dead link]
  10. ^ Valverde, Miriam. "Sawgrass Mills expanding with full-price shopping center: Town Center at Sawgrass". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  11. ^ "Discount retailer Century 21 files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is closing all of its 13 stores". 10 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Bed Bath & Beyond is closing about 150 stores. Here's a map of ones on the list so far". September 15, 2022.