The Maine Mall, built in 1971, is an enclosed shopping mall located in South Portland, Maine, a suburb of Portland. At 1,200,000 square feet (110,000 m2), it is the largest shopping mall in the state of Maine, and the second-largest in northern New England (behind only the Mall at Rockingham Park in New Hampshire). Anchored by Best Buy, JCPenney, Macy's, and Sears, the mall features over 140 tenants, a food court and several ancillary restaurant/retail pad sites.
Porteous, a department store chain based in Portland, Maine arrived in 1983 as part of a major mall expansion which doubled the mall's size. This expansion also brought in JCPenney, as well as the first Filene's in the state of Maine.
In 1994 the Mall underwent a $6.5 million renovation; this renovation added a food court, as well as Lechmere and a larger Dream Machine (a video game and pinball machine arcade).
Porteous closed in 1996 and was replaced with a two-level structure, containing a Filene's Home Store on the lower level, with Sports Authority on the upper level. Jordan Marsh was acquired by Federated Department Stores in 1996; as a result, the former Jordan Marsh at Maine Mall became Macy's.
In 1997, Woolworth and Lechmere both closed; within a year, they were replaced by Linens 'n Things and Best Buy, respectively.
In 2003, General Growth Properties of Chicago, Illinois purchased the mall via a competitive sales process in October for $270M.
In 2005, Federated Department Stores, the owner of Macy's, acquired the Filene's chain. Due to the presence of an existing Macy's at the Maine Mall, both the Filene's and Filene's home store were shuttered in 2005 to prevent overlap.
In 2007 the vacant building that formerly housed Filene's was to be demolished and replaced by a 16-screen movie theater and restaurants. General Growth also wanted to relocate the current Best Buy and David's Bridal stores to an adjacent property in an attempt to create a Lifestyle Shopping Center at that site. The project, however, was put on hold for unknown reasons. Joseph Soley, a local property owner who owns two retail centers near the mall, attempted to file a lawsuit, claiming that General Growth's expansion of the mall would negatively impact his own businesses; the lawsuit was dismissed. The project has been delayed indefinitely because of the suit.
In late 2008, Forever 21 and H&M opened in the former Filene's Mens & Home first floor. Sports Authority remained in the former Filene's upper floor. Also, an Apple Store and a Coach store opened.
On April 16, 2009 the Mall owner, General Growth Properties, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This status has not seemingly affected the day-to-day operations of the mall, but raised questions as to whether the owner will be able to retain ownership of the property while they attempt to refinance $27 billion debt collateralized by their national real estate portfolio. Rumors have been further fueled by the mall owner's late payment of its 2009 bi-annual South Portland property tax bill.
As of August 2012, several new stores have been added. The former Filene's has been occupied by XXI Forever, Super Shoes replaced part of the Linens N Things space, Ulta has taken over the former Vinny T's space, Francesca's Collections opened in summer 2010, and across the street, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Cracker Barrel have opened.
In 2013, The Bon-Ton stores of Pennsylvania announced that they will open a store in the former Filene's space, which has been vacant since 2006. This will become Bon-Ton's first store in Maine, and will join Sears, Macy's, and JCPenney to become the mall's fourth full-line department store.
Coordinates: 43°38′0″N 70°20′5″W / 43.63333°N 70.33472°W
MAINE MALL HAUL!!! - 6.14.12 (Day 14)
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Maine Mall Fire Alarm 1/23/13
Walking through the Maine Mall and we hear this shit. Nobody even cared.
The Maine Mall Formal Freeze
March 12, 2011. Southern Maine Flash Mobs took to the Maine Mall once again for a freeze. This time there was a catch: everyone must be wearing formal attire...
my trip to the Maine Mall,in South Portland pt5
us arriving at maine mall,and me headed towards "border`s books and music".great store!high prices,but good store.pardon shakiness,but as said: i am only usi...
Maine Mall (South Portland, Maine) Inside Store Views.
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my trip to the Maine Mall,in South Portland
this is the 1st of 13 short vids of my trip to the Maine Mall in South Portland,Maine.1st up: us leaving and going "back way" towards new glouster,to head to...
Items in The Maine Mall
Random photos of items during a walk in the Maine Mall. Cell phone camera test Samsung T528G.
Riding the Train at the Maine Mall
Today we went to the Maine Mall and me, my sister and friend wanted to go on it. It is $3 dollars a person. It was a bit of a shakey ride so my camera work i...
Maine Mall Freeze
Over 100 people came out to the Maine Mall to freeze in place for 5 minutes. What a reaction we got, both from Bystanders, and from Security! Wanna participa...
Great Falls Construction Gorham Maine completes Johnny Rockets at the Maine Mall
Grand Opening Day at the new Johnny Rockets in the Maine Mall, South Portland, Maine.
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 09:40:40 -0700
SOUTH PORTLAND – The South Portland Planning Board voted unanimously Tuesday to allow the Maine Mall to bring its farmers market out of the parking lot and into center court for its sophomore season, which opens Friday. “So, last time did not work out, ...
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:07:21 -0700
The sophomore season for the farmers market at the Maine Mall is scheduled to open Friday, pending approval of the move by the South Portland Planning Board. “We are crossing our fingers and our toes,” said the mall's marketing manager, Stefanie ...
Bangor Daily News
Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:34:19 -0700
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A unanimous Planning Board decision last week will enable a farmers market to move inside the Maine Mall. “We are trying to make sure the mall consumer is getting … access to local produce,” Maine Mall Marketing Director ...
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:45:16 -0700
He'll work the earlier 9-11 a.m. shift at the Maine Mall location. Current Maine players Jake Rutt and Mark Anthoine will serve coffee in the Scarborough location. Rick Middleton, the former Boston Bruins star, will take the next shift. Bruce ...
Lewiston Sun Journal
Lewiston Sun Journal
Sat, 08 Jun 2013 18:48:07 -0700
For shoppers, golf retail outlets in Maine include: Golf & Ski Warehouse in Scarborough, Sports Authority in the Maine Mall and Dick's in Topsham and South Portland. • The entry deadline for the New England Amateur has passed but players who would like ...
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 23:04:35 -0700
Smith said he expects to be going home soon to his job as a corrections officer in Augusta, he said. Specialist Jon Bouffard, 25, of Westbrook, Maine, is going back to being a security guard for the Maine Mall, after he has some of his mother's lasagna ...
Mon, 10 Jun 2013 18:45:46 -0700
12/13 at 9:01 a.m. Employees at a business on Gorham Road in the Maine Mall area received rude holiday greeting when they turned up for work. Overnight, someone had spray-painted "F--- you, Merry Christmas!" (but without the dashes) on the glass door ...
Tue, 28 May 2013 13:01:22 -0700
The home goods and furnishings store will be moving into the Maine Mall, with the new location likely to open early this fall, said Chrissy Madison, a public relations coordinator for the Texas-based company. Pier 1 Imports operated a store on Forest ...
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