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Florida's Largest Shopping Centers

The St. Johns Town Center may dominate Jacksonville's retail sector but how does it compare in size with similar developments across the state? Here is a list ranking Florida's ten largest shopping centers by square footage.

Published July 9, 2013 in News      14 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


Rank -- Mall Name (City) -- Square Footage -- Year Completed

1. Aventura Mall (Aventura, FL) -- 2.70 million square feet -- 1983

This suburban Miami retail epicenter is the largest conventional shopping mall in Florida and the third largest in the country.  Containing 300 retailers spread across three levels, Aventura is anchored by Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, JCPenney, two Macy's, Sears, and AMC Aventura 24 Theatres. Aventura Mall was developed by the Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation and is now managed by Turnberry Associates.

2. Sawgrass Mills (Sunrise, FL) -- 2.38 million square feet -- 1990

With 350 stores, this Broward county attraction is the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in the country. Originally built by the now defunct Mills Corporation, it's also the 7th largest mall in the country.  Today, with anchors such as Off 5th, JCPenney Outlet, Super Target, and Last Call! Neiman Marcus, the center is operated by the Simon Property Group.

3. The Florida Mall (Orlando, FL) -- 1.85 million square feet -- 1986

The Florida Mall is one of the largest single-story malls in the country and the largest shopping center in Central Florida.  Owned by the Simon Property Group, the mall is anchored by Dillard's, JCPenney, Macy's, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Sears.  The mall also contains The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, which has over 500 hotel rooms and suites.

4. Town Center at Boca Raton (Boca Raton, FL) -- 1.50 million square feet -- 1980

South Florida's second largest conventional shopping mall is home to over 200 retailers and anchored by Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Sears.  In recent years, the Terrace at Town Center, a mixed-use lifestyle center addition between Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom has been completed. The mall is owned by the Simon Property Group.

5. Dadeland Mall (Kendall, FL) -- 1.49 million square feet -- 1962

This 185-store Miami-Dade County mall was established as an open-air center in 1962.  It attained notoriety as the site of a 1979 drug-related shooting spree, which occurred during Miami's 20-year "Cocaine Cowboys" era.  It is now owned by the Simon Property Group and has expanded and adapted to modernity to become one of Florida's largest upscale shopping centers. Today, the mall is anchored by JCPenney, two Macy's stores, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and includes a covered walkway through its parking lot to the nearest Metrorail (heavy rail transit) station.

6. Dolphin Mall (Sweetwater, FL) -- 1.40 million square feet -- 2001

A new kid on the block of South Florida's overcrowded mall market, Dolphin Mall features over 240 retail outlets and name-brand discounters as anchors.  Completed in 2001, the shopping center is owned by Taubman Centers. Anchors include Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Bloomingdale's The Outlet Store, Burlington Coat Factory, Cobb Dolphin 19 Cinemas, Forever XXI, Group USA, Marshalls HomeGoods, Neiman Marcus Last Call Clearance Center, OFF 5th Saks Fifth Avenue, Old Navy, Ross Dress for Less, Sam Ash Music, and The Sports Authority.

7. The Gardens Mall (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) -- 1.40 million square feet -- 1988

With Macy's, Sears, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue as anchors, and 160 retail stores, this mall has its own interchange that provides it with direct access to and from Interstate 95.  It is owned by The Forbes Company.

8. Regency Square Mall (Jacksonville, FL) -- 1.39 million square feet -- 1967

Constructed at the expense of sand dunes in 1967, this shopping center is the largest in North Florida. Its 1981 poaching of Sears triggered the collapse of the department store era in downtown Jacksonville.  Now owned by General Growth Properties, Regency Square Mall contains over 100 retailers and is anchored by Belk, Dillard's Clearance Center, JCPenney, and Sears.

9. St. Johns Town Center (Jacksonville, FL) -- 1.33 million square feet -- 2005

Since coming online in 2005, St. Johns Town Center has quickly become the apple of Jacksonville's eye. Owned by the Simon Property Group and Ben Carter Properties, its anchors include Dillard's, Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Ashley Furniture. With over 100 stores, many of whom used the development as an entry into the Jacksonville market, the lifestyle center is in the midst of another expansion which will include Nordstrom.

10. The Mall at Wellington Green (Wellington, FL) -- 1.27 million square feet -- 2001

Taubman Centers' The Mall at Wellington Green is the latest major retail center to open in Palm Beach County. The mall features Macy's, Dillard's, J.C. Penney, Nordstrom, City Furniture, Ashley Furniture Home Store, and La-Z-Boy Furniture galleries. In addition, the mall has over 170 stores and eateries.

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July 09, 2013, 08:57:49 AM
FYI...Westfield Brandon recently gained approval to add another 120,000 square isn't clear whether that will be retail or some other use (hotel, office, etc.)


July 09, 2013, 10:18:40 AM
If your looking for a deal, or just want to watch people or have some pretty cool dining options, Sawgrass is unbeatable. I would think if your a big city (at least by Florida standard) type of person that loves to shop - stay the hell out of the Tampa Bay area and SW Florida.  ;D


July 09, 2013, 11:04:49 AM
^^^SW FL has good shopping (better than Tampa, better than NE FL).  Tampa not so much for a metro its size, but Hyde Park Village there has credit/national retailers that none of the commercial districts in Jax offer, which is a sign of strength (though there is a vacancy problem - the village is on the market and just needs a LL who can fill it and maintain it).


July 09, 2013, 11:28:49 AM
^I doubt I'm really the target customer, but I can speak from plentiful experience that SW Florida does not have good shopping. There's some high end crap in Naples, and maybe a bit in Ft. Meyers, but most people who need something more (or at least mall-quality) make the trek up to Tampa.


July 09, 2013, 11:57:46 AM
I've never lived in SW FL, just spent a lot of time there.  I don't see a reason to drive all the way up to Tampa Bay - not sure what TPA has to offer that Naples/Fort Myers doesn't, and when you add in Sarasota, then it's game over.  Boutiques on 5th (blocks upon blocks of boutiques, antiques, restaurants, etc), Waterside Shoppes (upscale shoppes anchored by Saks and Nordstrom), Coconut Point (basically exactly like SJTC and anchored by Dillards), all the outlets (Miromar, Tanger, Naples), and the mall in Fort Myers (Dillards, Macy's, JCP, etc).  The only thing so far as I can tell that Tampa has that SW FL doesn't is a Neiman Marcus, and there is a Last Call at Miromar Outlets.  My point of reference is that one of my best friend's parents moved down to Bonita Bay, so we would visit frequently.  Get off at Corkscrew and pass Miromar and Coconut Point on the way.  My mother's childhood friends all live down there now; one is one of the developers of Pelican Bay in Naples and other major sites.  :)  The ladies in my family love shopping down there!

edit: forgot to mention the obvious - if it ain't in SW FL, South Florida is a shorter, less congested drive away than Tampa!!  :)  SoFla has the best shopping in the country outside of NYC, LA and SF, hands down.


July 09, 2013, 01:26:40 PM
^Yeah, I was lumping Sarasota in with Tampa, perhaps unfairly to one or both. My father-in-law lives in the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte area, from there it's about the same distance to "Greater Tampa" as to Naples (and SE Florida is considerably farther). Like I say, Naples has the reputation for high end shopping, but it's pretty far (and expensive) even for many people already in SW Florida. In fact, I don't think I've been down there at all in the 5 or so years I've been spending a lot of time in the region, though I've been to Sarasota, Bradenton and Tampa multiple times. Though again, I doubt my family are Naples' target customers.


July 09, 2013, 09:25:15 PM
regency mall... over a million square feet and not a damn thing in it


July 09, 2013, 09:48:59 PM
regency mall... over a million square feet and not a damn thing in it

that's not really true...only half of the mall is empty


July 10, 2013, 07:58:50 AM
3.8 Million Sq Ft of retail mall space only miles apart. (Regency, Avenues, SJTC)


July 10, 2013, 08:39:30 AM
I do not know why a Macy's couldn't be a part of a reconfigured Regency. I think it would be the perfect fit. Put a Macy's at Regency, OP Mall and Town Center. There you go.


July 14, 2013, 01:13:52 PM
I do not know why a Macy's couldn't be a part of a reconfigured Regency. I think it would be the perfect fit. Put a Macy's at Regency, OP Mall and Town Center. There you go.

You would have a better chance of convincing Macy's a 3rd store should go somewhere in the River City Marketplace before they would go to Regency.


July 14, 2013, 02:26:08 PM
I spoke with one retail tenant in a Regency strip mall across the street and he noted that they have had declining sales for 3 straight years. Measured foot traffic is down.


July 14, 2013, 03:54:37 PM
I do not know why a Macy's couldn't be a part of a reconfigured Regency. I think it would be the perfect fit. Put a Macy's at Regency, OP Mall and Town Center. There you go.

You would have a better chance of convincing Macy's a 3rd store should go somewhere in the River City Marketplace before they would go to Regency.
Or somewhere in St. Johns County.


July 24, 2013, 01:22:30 PM
I wish they would bring an IKEA into the area.
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