Simon Property Group is perhaps the largest North American chain for indoor and outdoor malls. For over fifty years Simon has been a name in the mall industry to respect. They have locations in most of the 50 states, Canada, and Asia. Total there are approximately 350 malls owned by the real estate group. Burlington Mall is one of the Simon Malls located in Burlington, Massachusetts. Shoppers can take Route 3 and Route 128 to reach the mall. Leasable area totals 1,246,675 square feet. Inside there are more than 170 shops, restaurants, and a huge food court. Burlington is a huge commercial district, which helps bring shoppers to the mall.
Burlington Mall was opened in 1968. In the 70's and again in the 80's the mall underwent expansions to add more stores. In '68 the anchor stores were Sears, Jordan Marsh, and Filene's. Marsh and Filene's are no longer in existence as companies. At one time the mall also had Stop and Shop Supermarket. There was a two screen cinema and open air food court. In '78 Lord and Taylor became an anchor. Ten years later a second story to the mall was added making Burlington the largest in Massachusetts at the time. It is now the second largest.
On a side note, Burlington Mall was recently featured in Paul Blart: Mall Cop, helping it to gain exposure to the public. The current anchor stores are Lord and Taylor, Macy's, Sears, and Nordstrom. Burlington Mall has a few stores that come each year for the holiday season. A Christmas to Remember and Day to Day Calendars are two Christmas shops. Besides the Christmas offerings, Burlington Mall has a number of different shops for all year round.
A few of the shops are A Whole Bunch Flower Market, Abercrombie, Aeropostale, Aldo Shoes, American Eagle Outfitters, Amika, Ann Taylor, Apple Computer, Anthropologie, Au Bon Pain, and Aveda. BabyGap, Banana Republic, Bare Essentials, Bath and Body Works, BearPort, Bebe, Best Buy Mobile, Betsey Johnson, Bose, Brighton Collectibles, Brookstone, and Build A Bear are a few more of the stores located at Burlington Mall.
Other stores include Cache, Catherine Salon, Champs Sports, Charm Gallery, Chico's, Clarks, Cole Haan, Crabtree, Crate and Barrel, CrewCuts, CVS, Easy Spirit, Ecco Shoes, Everything but Water, Finish Line, Forever 21, Gap, Gamestop, Geox, GNC, Go Toys and Games.
Burlington Mall offers a food court and other restaurants on site. Some of the options are Cheesecake Factory, Chick-fil-A, Godiva, Gourmet India, Asia Ultimate, Brigham's Ice Cream, and Johnny Rockets. Lindt Chocolate, Maki of Japan, Pretzel Twister, Rainforest Cafe, and Ruby Thai Kitchen are also at Burlington Mall.
Burlington Mall is in a commercial center with a few hotels and other restaurants surrounding it. A lot of business is conducted near the mall, making it a good place for visitors to Burlington to go. Hours of operation are typically 10am to 9pm Monday through Saturday, and Sunday noon to 6pm. There are holiday hours making it easier for shoppers to purchase gifts.