A single-story indoor shopping mall experience in Oviedo, Florida, The Oviedo Marketplace is located in a rapidly growing northeast suburb of Orlando. Anchored by Dillard's, Macy's, and Sears, the Oviedo Marketplace is promoted as the `town center' for the metro area's newer upscale communities.
At the junction of 417, Central Florida's Greenway and Red Bug Lake Road, the Oviedo Marketplace is easy to find. The physical address is, 1700 Oviedo Marketplace Boulevard, Oviedo Florida. Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 9:00pm and Sunday from 12:00pm to 6:00pm, the Marketplace has holiday hours from 10:00am to 6:00pm.
The mall opened in 1998 and was refurbished and expanded in 2000. There is space in the mall for ninety retail stores. Besides the mall anchors you'll find Gymboree, Jos. A. Bank, Journeys, Payless Shoe Source, a Regal Cinema with twenty-two screens, Bed Bath & Beyond, and a Chamberlain Market and Caf‚. There is also a Hot Topic, PacSun and Barnes and Noble complete with Starbucks caf‚. The Oviedo Marketplace has several choices for nail and hair salons as well as bridal and tuxedo stores.
Primarily the Marketplace caters to those living in the Northeast Orlando, Oviedo/Winter Springs suburban area. The orlando.retailguide.com commented that this was a quiet mall with good stores, security, handicap access and frequent live entertainment. The mall has stroller rental available and on holidays there are regular specials. A comment from yelp.com in June 20, 2009 reiterated that the mall was quiet and the movie theater clean and un-crowded. The reviewer warned that this was not the place to expect thrills.
Food choices are plentiful. Starting with Auntie Anne's, RJ Gator's Florida Sea Grill and Bar, and progressing to food court front-runners such as Chick-fil-A and Subway. You'll also find other options like Kelly's Cajun Grill, Mediterranean Gourmet, Sarku Japan and Smoothy Bee and Auntie Ann's pretzels.
The Oviedo Marketplace is owned by General Growth Properties. Based in Chicago, Illinois, this developer also owns the nearby Altamonte Mall. The same General Manager manages both malls. Over the last few years there have been several Orlando Sentinel articles addressing how many indoor shopping malls are struggling to survive when the existing economic trend seems to favor outdoor malls. Oviedo Marketplace is feeling this pain. A specific article in the Orlando Sentinel in February 2009 highlighted the Marketplace's recent loss of American Eagle Outfitters and the candy store Bourbon Street Candy.
The mall is working to stay viable, providing a positive experience in an un-crowded, air-conditioned environment. But my advice would be to verify which stores are available before you visit this quiet mall.
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