Dale Newby's Commentary

User submitted January 4, 2013

The Winter Park Mall was built around 1960, to compete with the downtown Winter Park shopping district. Penny's and Ivey's were two of the anchor stores in the early 80's, and a couple smaller stores were Radio Shack and Woolworth.

In the 1970's the mall faced increased competition from newer built malls including the large, ultra-modern Altamonte Mall. The Winter Park Mall suffered further decline throughout the 1980's. In the mid 1990's, the mall corridor was torn down (the two anchor buildings were left standing, one of which is now a Cheesecake Factory), and the property was redeveloped. It is now an open-air lifestyle center known as Winter Park Village.

Links - Malls of America post on the mall - History of the mall via Winter Park Magazine
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