Mayfair Mall facts for kids
|Location||Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, United States|
|Address||Mayfair Road (Highway 100)|
|Management||Brookfield Properties Retail Group|
|Owner||Brookfield Properties Retail Group|
|No. of stores and services||164|
|No. of anchor tenants||8 (by 2021)|
|Total retail floor area||1,265,396 sq ft (117,559.1 m2)|
|No. of floors||2|
Mayfair Mall is a shopping mall located on Mayfair Road (Highway 100) between North Avenue and Center Street in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, United States. It serves the Greater Milwaukee area. Mayfair Shopping Center was constructed from 1956 and completed in 1959 by the Hunzinger Construction Company. It has been expanded several times since it was first built.
The mall contains 164 stores and the anchor stores are Macy's, Williams Sonoma, Crate & Barrel, Talbots, Barnes & Noble, Nordstrom, and AMC Theatres. There is one vacant anchor store that was once Boston Store.
Mayfair Mall opened in October 1958, featuring more than 70 stores. The mall's original design was a 960-foot (290 m) open-air concourse, with Marshall Field's as the northern anchor and Gimbels as the southern anchor. Chicago-based Marshall Field's opened at Mayfair in 1959 to complement Gimbels, which opened just prior to Mayfair being dedicated. Three east–west corridors (North Mall, Central Park, and South Mall) ran the width of the mall, with each corridor decorated in a different color. The mall's central court also featured a park, which included trees, flowers, benches and picnic tables.
In 1973, the new Mayfair Mall was advertised. The mall was fully enclosed. An arcade called The Bazaar replaced the Central Park area of Mayfair. An office tower was built on the southwest side of the mall in 1975, and construction began on a second in November 1977.
In 1986, Mayfair was rededicated following a $15 million remodeling effort. The Bazaar and a short-lived ice rink were both removed. A two-level atrium was built, featuring a new food court. The upper level was also expanded, adding 78,000 square feet (7,200 m2) of retail space. Following this expansion, the mall included 109 stores including Milwaukee based Boston Store which replaced Gimbels.
In 1998, the shopping center was purchased by General Growth Properties. A subsequent renovation project added a movie theater and a Barnes & Noble bookstore in 1999, and more than 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) of retail space to the upper level in 2000. The second floor of the atrium was expanded across the entire mall adding new restaurants and shops. A cinema was also added, acting as a third anchor at Mayfair.
Mayfair dealt with increased competition from other Milwaukee area shopping centers, including Bayshore Town Center, which underwent remodeling and nearby Brookfield Square.
In 2005, a Crate & Barrel opened in front of the main mall entrance. The General Cinema multiplex was acquired by AMC Theatres after GCC's purchase by AMC. Marshall Field's converted to Macy's in 2006 as part of the broad rebranding of the Federated Department Stores to the Macy's label.
Nordstrom opened in 2015. It was the first full-line store to open in the state of Wisconsin. Nordstrom wanted to meet such high demand, and Milwaukee was the largest metropolitan area without a Nordstrom.
Boston Store closed in 2018 due to Bon-Ton filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and closing all stores.
The Mayfair Collection
In fall 2015, a new shopping center opened just northwest of Mayfair Mall known as The Mayfair Collection. It has stores like Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy, Dick's Sporting Goods, Whole Foods Market, and Versona Accessories. It also has a Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel. as well as a planned apartment complex known as Uptown at the District and several restaurants as well. Phase 2 is yet to be complete with stores and restaurants.
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