Sears Wants To Demolish Aventura Mall Store, Build Open-Air Shopping Center

Sears is planning to demolish their store at Aventura Mall (which they own), and redevelop the site into a mixed-use project called Esplanade at Aventura.

Esplanade will include a hotel, shops, and restaurants.

This is the second planned expansion of the mall submitted this year. Separate plans for a new three-story wing were submitted by Aventura Mall earlier this year, which would make the mall the second-largest in the U.S. behind The Mall Of America in Minneapolis.



Sears Holdings Announces Plans For Mixed-Use Development In Aventura
Esplanade at Aventura to be built on Sears’ property at Aventura Mall, include smaller-format Sears store
Nov 10, 2014

AVENTURA, Fla., Nov. 10, 2014  — Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) has submitted plans to the City of Aventura for the redevelopment of the Sears property at Aventura Mall into an exciting open-air village that will feature retail, restaurants, offices and a hotel.

Esplanade at Aventura will be a complete redevelopment of the 12.3 acres owned by Sears Holdings that currently features a Sears full-line store, Sears Auto Center and adjacent surface parking areas. The proposed new development will include approximately 250,000 square feet of quality retail and restaurants, 45,000 square feet of office space, a hotel, and both subgrade and above-grade parking structures. Sears will retain a presence in a 20,000-square-foot smaller-format store.

Esplanade at Aventura was designed by San Francisco- and Miami-based SB Architects, whose notable projects include Santana Row in San Jose, Calif., and the Design District in Miami. The development will feature a contemporary open-air collection of shops and restaurants, envisioned as a vibrant shopping and entertainment village that complements the mall’s indoor offerings yet provides its own unique destination. Although entitlement of the project is now officially underway, the delivery date for the project has not been finalized.

Sears Holdings has retained JLL Retail to lease the project.

“With a location adjacent to one of the most successful malls in the nation, we have high expectations for Esplanade at Aventura and its ability to draw a unique offering of local, national and international retail concepts looking for a showcase presence in the dynamic South Florida market,” said Steve Yenser, executive vice president of JLL Retail. “Esplanade at Aventura will also provide an incredible venue for a collection of exciting restaurants that leverage South Florida’s existing culinary talent and offer a destination for other innovative concepts that are new to the market.”

Esplanade at Aventura will use extensive shading and cooling strategies to create a comfortable and engaging space that embraces and addresses the South Florida climate, and enables guests to enjoy open-air shopping and patio dining year-round.

“We are confident that we can deliver a convenient, day-to-day town center experience for local residents while also catering to the regional, national and international customers that frequent Aventura,” said Paul D’Arelli, development advisor for Sears Holdings.

Esplanade at Aventura supports Sears Holdings’ strategy to repurpose existing real estate assets and is another example of how it is transforming one of the largest retail real estate portfolios in the United States.

“Sears Holdings proactively looks for opportunities to create long term shareholder value from its real estate holdings,” said Jeff Stollenwerck, president of Real Estate for Sears Holdings. “Our owned real estate adjacent to Aventura Mall, one of the largest and most successful malls in the country, provides a significant platform for shareholder value creation, and we have a vision for the property that dramatically improves the overall retail experience for our Shop Your Way members and all future guests who visit Esplanade at Aventura. We look forward to executing on the plans submitted to the City of Aventura today.”



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Florence Gail
5 years ago

It’s great that Aventura Mall is expanding, but many people now days are without employment and can’t buy in these high class stores. It’s much easier for some to shop in stand alone stores , (not in a Mall), especially if you are a Senior and can’t walk well.
Good Luck.

7 years ago

Miami-Dade is soooo backwards. They really need a Metrorail station here. If they build this and the other expansion they will need it even more. The traffic is already horrible at the mall and in that area.

7 years ago

Yes, I have doubt about that. They will consider it. I think it is right choice to extend the Metrorail from Downtown Miami to Aventura Mall via Biscayne Blvd. It will get there. It is fastest way. You don’t have worry about the traffic. They will getting more extremely overcrowded. Too much traffic. You can take on city bus or taxi. Whether if you want to take metrobus or something like that. It’s your choice.

7 years ago

This looks nearly identical to the Colonnade section of Sawgrass Mills.

Edin Coralic
7 years ago

Go for it!!

7 years ago

Sears is in la la land. They think developing their property is going to save them from their failures in their core business.

7 years ago

The Coastal Link will have a station/stop directly across Biscayne Blvd. I suppose a pedestrian bridge will have to be made as well.

7 years ago

I think you’re talking about Tri-Rail?

7 years ago

The PR didn’t mention Turnberry and the Herald article has no quote from anyone from there. I would be surprised if they are happy about this.

7 years ago

The Herald updated their story with an unenthusiastic statement from Turnberry:

Jonathan Kurry, general counsel for Aventura Mall owner and developer Turnberry Associates said: “We look forward to reviewing and evaluating their plan for the potential future of the Sears’ location. Aventura Mall is committed to enhancing the experience for our retailers and their customers.”