In 1983 Watertown, Massachusetts obtained a shopping center when the United States Army relinquished the property to Simon Property Group. Simon Malls are the largest mall operators in North America, with more than 300 hundred malls in the US, Canada, and Asia. In fact Simon is well known from the East coast to the West coast. The indoor shopping mall has 65 stores, 6 anchors and 502, 000 square feet of space on two floors.
Mall hours are 10am to 9pm Monday to Saturday, and Sunday noon to 6pm. During the holiday months mall hours are extended to accommodate the shoppers. The stores and mall are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. There are mall walker hours during the week, also. Santa shows up for photo opportunities during the Christmas season, and the Easter Bunny makes the rounds on Easter. Arsenal Mall has other events throughout the year such as sales events at the stores and sometimes fashion shows.
Arsenal Mall had Filene's Basement as one of the original anchor stores, but they had to file for bankruptcy effectively closing the store. The name of the mall is one from history. Before the Civil War was the Watertown Arsenal. The site used for the Arsenal Marketplace is the same. The other anchor stores in 1983 were Marshalls and Ann and Hope. Home Depot and Linens `n Things replaced these two places, but now Linens `n Things is closed.
Shoppers have plenty of stores to enjoy at Arsenal Mall. Stores include Yankee Candle, Wireless Zone, Wireless Link, Wet Seal, Watch Imports, Vitamin World, Victoria's Secret, Trade Secret, T Mobile, Ticketmaster, Things Remembered, Tello's, Stride Rite, Silver City, Silver and Gold Connection, and red Persimmon Nail Salon. Radio Shack, Olympia Sports, Old Navy, Marshalls, Kim's Hallmark, Kay Jewelers, Home Depot, Healthcare Massage, Gymboree, GNC, Gap, and Game Stop are a few of the other retail stores.
With many clothing, accessories, shoes, and other stores shoppers have plenty of entertainment. Forever 21, Foot Locker, Famous Footwear, Express, Claire's, Celia's World, Bath and Body Works, Ann Taylor, Almoda, Aldo, and Aeropostale are also at Arsenal Mall. A mall is never complete without food. A couple of options for eating are Bourbon Street Cajun, Bugaboo Creek Steak, Burger King, Coffee Traders, Dunkin' Donuts, Master Wok, Regina Pizzeria, and Trini's Mexican Restaurant.
Guests to Watertown will discover hotels are very close to the mall. Anything a guest has forgotten or may need to pick up can be found at the mall, which is within a short drive from numerous hotels. These hotels include Super 8 Motel, Days Hotel, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Tria, Harvard Square, and The Charles Hotel.
Guest services are very helpful for shoppers. Guests are able to fax, make copies, get a cab, find lost items, and even get their purchases gift wrapped. There is a shuttle bus to service the mall, as well as wheel chairs, gift cards and more available for shoppers at Arsenal Mall. The mall is handily located in Watertown for residents.