My rant on the Lakeland Square Mall

July 29, 2009 at 1:53 am (Entertainement) (, , )

I’ll start this out by saying that I may be a bit spoiled when it comes to fantastic malls. I moved to Orlando, Florida from Long Island, NY when I was six years old, literally right into the middle of mall euphoria. For a maximum trip of 30 minutes or so from our home I could arrive at a solid five or six really great malls. I mean really great. They were filled with stores that I loved and came to depend on for my shopping desires and needs. One mall didn’t have what I needed? No problem. I’d simply go to another great, nearby mall. So yeah, I may be spoiled.

Maybe just a little bit.

That being said, living in Lakeland has been wonderful. I truly love this city. I didn’t always, but I have found that over time (I got here to attend SEU 9 years ago!) I have honestly fallen in love with it’s charm.

However…

This city is so ridiculously lacking when it comes to a sufficient mall. I try, I really do, but every time I go to our city’s one real mall, I wind up leaving with a bad taste in my mouth (and I don’t think it’s Perry’s BBQ, either).

In fairness, here’s the good:

– Chick-fil-A

– Victoria’s Secret

– Bath n Body Works

– Macy’s

– Kirkland’s

It just feels like it’s getting worse and worse! In the last few months I’ve seen The Disney Store, The Gap, and the Mexican food place close down! What’s next?! I’m just saying that if Chick-fil-A were to go…*shudder* You know what? I can’t even let my mind go there.

So, Lakeland Square Mall, here are my simple requests. If you could bring in these stores, your mall would go to the next level, not to mention making this girl one happy camper:

– Express

– Guess

– Mac (the cosmetics store, but hey, the other Mac store would make my husband really happy)

– Sephora

– Bebe

– Forever 21

So, Lakeland-ers, what about you? What stores would make you happy?

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7 Comments

  1. Christine said,

    as a life-long resident of Lakeland I can give you the inside scoop to our mall. Lakeland can only have one mall at a time. Right now the “it” mall is Lakeside Village. Because of all the attention over there Lakeland Square just filled bankruptcy, as did the majority of the stores within the mall. Because of that, a lot of the stores are closing.

    • Lydia said,

      Personally I like the lower prices compared to the bigger malls. You can usually find what your looking for. But if everyone goes to the bigger malls and supports them, how can Lakeland Square stay open? It’s good to support local business. And you don’t have to drive so far to make a bear or another stuffed animal @ the Teddy Bear Factory, same quality for a fraction of the price as Build A Bear. I appreciate the prices being lower at Lakeland Square Mall, not to mention the money I save in gas. With todays economy, need to save, it adds up.

  2. jared hart said,

    I actually love tons of generic branded, cheaply made hip hop threads. So I’m right at home. Throw in the well placed nascar store and middle eastern jewelers and I’m in heaven!!! 🙂 just kidding. We shop at millenia, brandon town center and citrus park. Am I less of a man for commenting on a blog about malls? I hope not lol

  3. Robin said,

    Sadly, the Lakeland/Polk Co. economy cannot support the type of stores that you are longing for. I honestly don’t even know how Dillard’s and Macy’s are staying open. I know that Lakeside has taken a lot of business from the mall. That seems to be the latest trend–Lakeside style shopping areas. I’m not really sure why. I would much rather shop in air conditioned comfort than to have to walk all outdoors in the heat or rain. However, in Lkld. you are still only 30-45 min. away from some pretty nice malls–International Plaza comes to mind. Conversely, we went to the Mall at Millenia on Sat. and I won’t bother going back there again.

    • Lydia said,

      Personally I like the lower prices compared to the bigger malls. You can usually find what your looking for. But if everyone goes to the bigger malls and supports them, how can Lakeland Square stay open? It’s good to support local business. And you don’t have to drive so far to make a bear or another stuffed animal @ the Teddy Bear Factory, same quality for a fraction of the price as Build A Bear. I appreciate the prices being lower at Lakeland Square Mall, not to mention the money I save in gas. With todays economy, need to save, it adds up.

  4. Jonathan said,

    Personally, I do not buy that Lakeland’s economy cannot support a nicer store lineup. We have a good executive base in this city, with many neighborhoods of fine homes on both the north and south sides of the city in addition to the beautiful historic homes of Lakeland’s core. There should be sufficient income levels to support some decent stores. Look at GJHS’s student parking lot and you can tell that there are families with money. The problem is that there are no worth facilities for such stores. The Lakeland Square Mall is woefully outdated, too large, and now has a poor reputation. That, combined with today’s trend against the indoor mall format, is a death sentence. However, I fully believe that if Lakeside Village were to develop another well designed street of shops including Gap, Express, Abercrombie, White House/Black Market, Forever 21, and others they would do well. The fact that Talbots and Chicos do well show that there are folks with enough style and money to support Lakeland. I just don’t think there is any hope of bringing those stores to, or in some cases back to, Lakeland Square. That mall needs a serious overhaul.

  5. Formica Sheets · said,

    kids love stuffed animal because they are very cute and soft to touch *

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