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Selena Gomez at The North Shore Mall in Peabody

In 1972, New England Development constructed the Liberty Tree Mall, a fully-enclosed 1 million square foot center, only a half a mile away from Northshore Mall. The new enclosed mall made an immediate splash and became a major shopping destination, despite not having a similar roster of old-line department stores like Jordan Marsh and Filene’s (Liberty Tree sported a far more middle-tier blend of stores like Ann & Hope and Lechmere). In response, the Northshore Mall slowly began to enclose, beginning with a small section near Sears and ultimately enclosing the entire center.

In 1986, Allied sold the Northshore Mall to Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., who in turn sold it to New England Development in 1992. As New England Development now owned both of the large, competing malls, they began a major expansion and renovation of the Northshore Mall that increased the size of the mall considerably. Filene’s moved their store to a new location at the western end of the mall, and a new Lord & Taylor store was added to that side of the mall as well. The original Filene’s space was filled with JCPenney–still somewhat of a rarity in the Boston area, even today–and the entire center was given a modern refresh with skylights and a food court. Other than a sale of both malls to Simon in 1999, the only change at Northshore until the mid-2000s was the re-bannering of Jordan Marsh to Macy’s in 1996.

Selena Gomez at the North Shore Mall 6-24-11

  • Jordan Marsh, Filenes, Brighams, Pewter Pot…I lived in a Boston quite different than what is here now. Can anyone tell me: was Barnes and Noble ever inside the Northshore Mall proper or was it always in a separate building? Need the info for book research

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    In 1986, Allied sold the Northshore Mall to Edward J. DeBartolo Sr., who in turn sold it to New England Development in 1992. As New England Development now owned both of the large, competing malls, they began a major expansion and renovation of the Northshore Mall that increased the size of the mall considerably. Filene’s moved their store to a new location at the western end of the mall, and a new Lord & Taylor store was added to that side of the mall as well. The original Filene’s space was filled with JCPenney–still somewhat of a rarity in the Boston area, even today–and the entire center was given a modern refresh with skylights and a food court. Other than a sale of both malls to Simon in 1999, the only change at Northshore until the mid-2000s was the re-bannering of Jordan Marsh to Macy’s in 1996.

    Are you confused? You should be. Although I always thought of the Northshore Mall as pretty straightforward (and I went to the place often enough that I got pretty darn bored of it), a lot of the recent expansions have transformed the floorplan into something of an oddity. We have something of a soft spot for malls that randomly sprout new levels (*cough* ) and the way the new wing opens dramatically and unexpectedly from the narrow, twisty main corridor is kind of a fun surprise.