The oldest enclosed shopping mall in Brockton, Massachusetts is the Westgate Mall which opened in 1963 with six-hundred thousand square feet. It was the first mall to be entirely enclosed in the state of Massachusetts and was competing with older malls in the area such as Shoppers World, South Shore Plaza and the Northshore Mall when it opened. The competing malls which began as outdoor malls were either demolished or torn down as time went on.
Westgate Mall is located at the Route 27 and Route 24 junction in Brockton which is approximately twenty miles to the south of Boston. It enjoyed a number of years as an extremely successful facility after being built because to its location. Eventually the mall went under the addition of a side wing in order to connect Child World to Marshalls.
The Silver City Galleria's opening during 1992 in Taunton then the South Shore Plaza being built during 1996 caused the Westgate Mall to undergo a rather slow time. Bradlees, Woolworth and Child World which were the major anchors at Westgate Mall and Cherry & Webb all closed the mall took an even harder hit. The mall was almost ready to close by the end of the 1990's.
It underwent renovation during the year 2000 to become smaller and more convenient than it was before. The mall tore down the site of the original south anchor which started out as Gilchrist's. Over the years the site was both a Jordan Marsh and a Macy's.
In the middle of 2009 there was a twelve screen cinema completed to replace the original south anchor site. Other original anchors were Child World, Bradlees and Filene's. The Westgate Mall's current anchors are a Best Buy, Macy's, Marshall's, Old Navy and Sears.
The Westgate Mall is located at 200 Westgate Drive and provides a number of services to its patrons. Entrance A has Smarte Carte Strollers that patrons may rent for $3 which includes a deposit of fifty cents. The small deposit is returned to patrons when they take the strollers back. The customer service at the mall has wheelchairs available at no cost to patrons.
There are faxing services available from the Westgate Mall at a cost of three dollars for the cover page and a dollar for every page after that. The customer service desk in the Westgate Mall can provide patrons with information about events at the mall and programs such as Mall Walkers, Easter Bunny and Santa. Eight in the morning is when the mall opens its doors to the mall walkers.
There are additional features in the Westgate Mall such as ATM's and cash machines, pay phones and access to the bus. The mall also has public restrooms, a diaper changing area and mail boxes. Information about job opportunities in the mall is available as well. With all the improvements to the Westgate Mall along with the services, amenities and programs offered at the mall it is a place that you should be sure to visit if you are ever in the Brockton, Massachusetts area.