South Plains Mall in Lubbock, Texas is a one floor, five anchor store construction. It has 1,200,000 square feet. The mall was opened in 1972, with only 846,000 square feet. At the time it took $25 million to construct. In 1998 the original developer sold the mall to Macerich Company. During this time the mall was renovated to add 1,107,000 square feet of space to accommodate the 500,000 shoppers it sees each year. It is the only mile within 120 miles.
Macerich is a real estate investment company. It was founded in New York in 1964 by Mace Siegel and Richard Cohen. The name is obviously a joining of the first names. They have bought many shopping centers in the past, and finally in 1994 the company went public. The company owns shopping centers throughout the entire United States with a high concentration in California and Arizona. South Plains Mall is open from Monday to Saturday 10am to 9pm and Sunday 12pm to 6pm. Restaurant and department store hours can vary from the rest of the mall.
The current anchor stores are Bealls, Dillard's, JC Penney, Sears, and Barnes and Noble. There is actually space for six anchor stores, but one area is vacant at the moment. Stores at the mall include Abercrombie and Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters, Christopher and Banks, Zumiez, Hollister, Victoria's Secret, Bath and Body Works, and Gap. Other stores at the mall are 5.7.9, Abercrombie Kids, Absolutely Wireless/ AT&T, Accessory Shack, Aerie, Aeropostale, Aldo, Auntie Anne's, Austin Taylor, Bandolino, Bigfoot Graphix, and Bloom.
The mall has Bonnett Pets, Boot City Too, Buckle, Cache, Campus Design, Candy Wrapper, Cardinal's Sports, Cell Fone Stop, Cellairis, Challenge Games, Champs Sports, Choa Relax, Chick-Fil-A, Classy Country, Corn Dog Heaven, Cutting Edge Gifts, and Dippin Dots. South Plains Mall offers shoppers Earthbound Trading Company, Eddie Bauer, Express, Expressions, Finish line, FootAction, Forever 21, GameStop, GNC, Gone Nuts, Gordon's Jewelers, and Gymboree.
South Plains Mall has over a hundred different stores that could be listed. Almost every retail store that exists is located at the indoor mall. Dining options are just as diverse as the stores. A few more dining options include Burger America, Mandarin Express, Marble Slab Creamery, Mrs. Fields, Popcorn Place, Pretzel Maker, Villa Pizza, and Great American Cookies.
Shoppers with children can enjoy the Lil Jungle and Safari Play Area. Lil Jungle is a new attraction for little kids with plenty of safe and fun inflatable toys. Both play parks are near the Women's Dillard's Wing. There are also some coin operated rides for little children spread throughout the mall.
South Plains Mall offers events throughout the year. For example Halloween Trick-or-Treat night, a Grand opening for Barnes and Noble, Veteran's Day sales, and Santa's Arrival are just part of the events. There are book signing events at Barnes and Nobles, Sounds of the Season music, and the Black Friday Event. The Black Friday Event provides numerous sales, entertainment, and fun to be found at South Plains Mall.
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