Galleria at White Plains

Galleria At White Plains

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The Galleria at White Plains is a large enclosed urban shopping mall located in the downtown area of White Plains, New York, a commercial and residential suburb north of New York City.

Built in 1980 by the Cadillac Fairview, a Canadian developer, the , four-level mall is located on two large city blocks of former urban renewal land. It opened in August of 1980. Its anchor stores are Macy's and Sears, which were relocated to the mall from nearby locations to replace original anchor stores, Abraham & Straus and J.C. Penney in 1995 and 2004 respectively. The mall was constructed adjacent to a large two-block long parking garage which is connected directly to the mall at various levels.

Similar to a sister project in nearby Stamford, Connecticut (the Stamford Town Center mall), the Galleria's architectural character appears fortress-like and overwhelms even the recent high density urban quality of its downtown environment. Considering the general architectural design of most enclosed shopping malls, it does not have much opportunity to create an interactive streetscape along its surrounding sidewalk areas. A late 1990s enhancement tried to correct some of these physical flaws, but recent retail tenant fit-outs on the sidewalk level have closed off much of this design effort.

In recent years, the mall has experienced competition from the development of nearby, and more upscale, retail developments such as The Westchester mall and The Source At White Plains. A late 1990s...
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