40 Massachusetts malls and shopping centers ranked from the worst to the best (2023)

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Inside the Greendale Mall in Worcester 2016. (Noah R. Bombard /MassLive file photo)

By Kristin LaFratta | MassLive

Massachusetts malls are both struggling and succeeding: a walk through some of the state's worst malls reveals vacant storefronts, outdated designs and and few customers at all.

Way over on the other end of the spectrum, malls that have been maintained throughout the decades and have adapted still serve as destination points and day-trips for residents across the state.

"It used to be, there was a Main Street," says Shuba Srinivasan, a Professor of Management and Marketing at Boston University's Questrom School of Business.

Around that Main Street in any given American town, there would be all of the shops and grocery vendors a person might need.

In the latter half of the 20th century, that all changed with the advent of the mall: a mega-building that could connect the most popular department stores with specialty stores, chains and more. Malls and shopping plazas popped up rapidly throughout the decades.

But as property developers raced to create top malls across the country, a different kind of developer was working to bring the digital world online. Soon, e-commerce invented a new retail landscape, one that significantly hurt malls that could not adapt swiftly enough.

Despite this new era, there is still a need for physical spaces where customers can go, as evidenced by malls that are growing, expanding and seeing profits.

"People assume that consumers are just going to buy online, but most retailers are indeed finding they need to have brick-and-mortar stores in addition to online channels," Srinivasan said.

But for the retail centers that are hurting, enormous investments are required to transform them into a place people want to visit in the near-2020 era.

Read more: Is the mall dead? In Massachusetts, it's survival of the fittest as shopping centers evolve

And so we give you the official, very non-scientific ranking of the worst to best shopping malls and plazas in Massachusetts. These rankings were determined through a combination of online reviews from Yelp, Facebook and Google, combined with input from MassLive staff from across the state:

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Inside the failing Greendale Mall in 2016. The stores pictured are now gone. (Noah R. Bombard/MassLive file photo)

40. Greendale Mall

The worst mall in the state is Worcester's Greendale Mall. As one former customer put it, the mall feels like "despair."

Now a largely vacant shopping center that first opened in 1987, the Greendale Mall appears trapped in the year it was born. The interior of the mall is brightly lit, but today is essentially an empty hallway connecting anchor stores on either side.

Shops have come and gone, but in recent years there's been a mass exodus leaving the Worcester shopping center a shell of what it once was. Anchor stores Best Buy, Big Lots, DSW and T.J. Maxx are still there, but empty storefronts line the interior of the mall.

One shining spot is food court stop Tacos Mexico, which MassLive readers voted as one of the most popular taco places in Massachusetts.The owner, an orphaned Mexican immigrant to the U.S. opened a stand here a few years back and has since expanded to the Auburn Mall and the Mall at Whitney Field.

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39. Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough

(UPDATE: The Berkshire Mall closed in early 2019)

The Berkshire Mall has seen brighter days. In 2018, the mall closed twice for problems with running electricity. The lack of a much-needed facelift, paired with litigation and a struggle to literally keep the lights on, ranks Berkshire low on the list. The mall also faced a mammoth tax bill amounting to nearly $1 million.Owned by Kohan Retail Investment Group, this mall was originally built by The Pyramid Companies, a pioneer in malls in the 1970s.

Large portions of the mall are vacant after stores like Best Buy, Macy's, JCPenney and Sears closed in recent years. The best attractions that remain are the Fox Berkshire movie theater and Target.

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38. Eastfield Mall in Springfield

The Eastfield Mall in Springfield, opened in 1967, has struggled to keep anchor stores in tact. It exists as a sad combination of discount clothing stores, vacant storefronts and an uninviting food court.

The closure of an anchoring Macy's in 2016 and more recently, Sears, has prompted owners Mountain Development Corp. to take on a new $200 million vision for the mall that will make it into more of a mixed-use, open-air center, though it is still seeking partners for that project.

As some customers put it -- we will believe the upgrade when we see it.

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37. Dedham Mall

The Dedham Mall is a chain-heavy mall with "standard fare" like DSW, T.J. Maxx and others. It got a facelift years ago, and is still working to attract more unique retailers.

In place of the Sears, which has remained empty for more than a year, the mall is slated to get an "At Home" decor store to replace the Sears Auto space.The Dedham Mall is owned by The Wilder Companies, which has dozens of retail properties throughout New England and New York including The Loop in Methuen.

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36. Cape Cod Mall

The Cape Cod Mall, opened in 1970 in Hyannis, and it looks like it. In desperate need of renovations, the Cape Cod Mall has a number of popular anchor stores like Macy's, Best Buy, Marshall's and Sears that serve local residents who have fewer nearby mall options compared to other parts of the state.

Though the Sears recently closed at this location in the most recent sweep of shutterings, and will be replaced by a Target in 2019.

Decor within the mall is dated, but the future holds promise: WS Development and Cape Cod Mall owner Simon Property Group are reportedly scouting Capetown Plaza across the street from the mall for a potentially new, mixed-use development.

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35. Arsenal Yards in Watertown

The Arsenal Yards mall in Watertown is another Wilder property and is a fading mall with a number of anchor stores. In recent years, many storefronts closed, and reviewers described the state of the mall as "sad."

Like some other dated shopping centers, a redesign is in store for the Watertown shopping center: the planned mixed-use, smart growth development is estimated to open in 2019 or 2020.

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34. Swansea Mall

Like other shopping centers in the state, the Swansea Mall has struggled to stay modern and relevant. In recent years, reviewers say a mix of store vacancies and a dated look make this mall -- first opened in 1975 -- slightly less desirable destination than others nearby, like Providence Place across the state line.

But an existing number of anchor stores and local vendors, as well as a glow-in-the-dark mini-golf stop, still keep customers coming.

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33. Hampshire Mall in Hadley

The Hampshire Mall in Hadley is another one-story mall that looks trapped in a past era. Opened in 1978, the mall is most popular for its anchor stores like Target, as well as a Cinemark movie theater.

It has been criticized as being "a college town mall," but has sought to lift its image with more entertainment options, adding a bowling alley and amusement facility in 2017 called Pinz. The mall serves the local area and is on a bus line accessible for five college students, though it is a destination mall for few.

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32. Westgate Mall in Brockton

The Westgate Mall in Brockton is, as described by one reviewer, is, "Nothing outstanding. Just a regular suburban mall." There are a mix of more than 60 anchor and chain stores across the mall. Last year, Macy's closed its department store at Westgate as part of a series of nationwide closures.

Opened in 1963, this mall has undergone a series of renovations over the years. In the early 2000s, the Brockton shopping center changed from a vintage mall into a more modern place. But that was more 15 years ago, and some say the mall could use another update.

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31. Colony Place in Plymouth

Colony Place, managed by KeyPoint Partners, is located near Route 3 in Plymouth. It is less of a mall and more an open-air retail center with a lot of chain stores and nine restaurants. It is the largest open-air lifestyle center in southeastern Massachusetts. It is a large space, but has stiff competition: within an hour's drive are the Natick Mall, Wrentham Premium Outlets and the South Shore Plaza.

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30. Woburn Mall

The Woburn Mall is a one-story shopping space. It is small, and mainly connects a variety of chain and anchor stores. It is most popular for stores like DSW, T.J. Maxx and Sports Authority. Whether or not it is actually considered a mall is actually up for debate.

There are no large department stores, and the mall has stiff competition with the flourishing Burlington Mall open just 10 minutes down the road.

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29. Auburn Mall

The Auburn Mall is praised for being a mall close to Worcester that is not the Greendale Mall. Owned by Simon Property Group, it is at a convenient location near the Mass. Turnpike, I-290 and Rt. 20. Reviewers criticize a small selection and lack of bigger department stores. Others say it appears to be improving and is a good place for miscellaneous items. It's not one of Simon's crowning jewels, but is still a popular shopping destination for those who live nearby.

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28. Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers

The Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers appears as another mall trapped in a past time. Reviews say the mall is often dead, the layout is confusing, the food court is subpar and there is high turnover for stores inside the mall.

First opened in 1972, the Liberty Tree Mall is supported largely by the anchor stores like Target, Kohl's and others, as well as the 20-screen Loews Theatre, which just recently got a makeover. Anchor tenants like Best Buy, Nordstrom Rack, Sky Zone and Total Wine are among the mall's most popular stores.

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27. Square One Mall in Saugus

The Square One Mall opened on Route 1 southbound in Saugus in 1994. The outward appearance of the mall has changed little since then,with reviewers claiming the mall looks stuck in the '80s or '90s.

Despite a dated vibe, the mall is easily accessible and has lots of parking spaces, as well as a wide variety of department stores and chain stores. Simon Mall Regional Vice President Michael Merrow said the mall will welcome more entertainment options in 2019, but did not specify what those might be.

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26. Dartmouth Mall

The Dartmouth Mall, first opened in 1971, is a single-level shopping mall that was renovated in 2000. Since its inception, plazas and strip malls have sprung up around it. It is popularized for anchor and chain stores/restaurants and an AMC theater there. The mall has received mixed reviews, with some calling it a dated "ghost town" while others say it has a healthy mix of retail for all ages.

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25. Emerald Square Mall

The Emerald Square Mall in North Attleborough opened doors in 1989, and despite opening later than many other malls in the state, reviewers say the space feels dated.

There is a healthy variety of anchor and department stores, but a noticeable amount of empty storefronts. It is best described as a place to find bargain deals, according to reviewers.

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24. Silver City Galleria in Taunton

The Silver City Galleria in Taunton is another example of standard mall fare. There is a limited selection and few department stores left: in August, the mall announced Sears would shut down as part of the chain's nationwide closures.

Attractions include some local or unusual vendors, the Regal Silver City Galleria movie theater, and a popular kid's play area within the mall.

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23. The Mall at Whitney Field in Leominster

The Mall at Whitney Field in Leominster opened in 1967 as the Searstown Mall. It is best-described as a "so-so" mall for shopping: reviewers say the mall has everything customers need, but it's nothing spectacular. Critiques include the mall's layout and a lack of hip, newer stores.

Thanks to extensive renovations in 2004 that saw it rebranded as The Mall at Whitney Field, it does not feel dated. At one floor and about 75 stores, it's still a relatively small mall and has seen a turnover of some of its longtime lease-holders in recent years, but it has also managed to maintain close to full occupancy, a difficult feat for many similarly-sized malls.

Most recently the detached Toys "R" Us located next to the mall closed when the store filed for bankruptcy this year. It has the usual mall anchor tenants of Macy's, JCPenney and one of the few remaining Sears in the state. In recent years it added a Burlington store as an anchor.

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22. CambridgeSide

CambridgeSide, formerly known as CambridgeSide Galleria, opened in 1990 as part of plans to revitalize the area in Cambridge. It has more than 100 stores and is positioned near the Museum of Science and MBTA's Lechmere Station. It has many anchor stores like Best Buy, Macy's, Apple, and others, as well as some anchor restaurants, like the Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Chang's.

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21. The Point in Littleton

The Point in Littleton, a marketplace which opened in recent years, has top reviews. The mixed-use property offers a mix of retail, dining, grocery, and experience-based spots like O'Neil Cinemas movie theater, Title Boxing, and ice skating in the winter.

Restaurants, bars and coffee shops including Tavern in the Square, Anthony's Coal Fire Pizza, Great Road Kitchen and others are available at The Point, which serves as a sort of one-stop shop for a variety of purchases and attractions.

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20. Derby Street Shops

The Derby Street Shops in Hingham offer an outdoor selection of shops and restaurants. A healthy mix of anchor stores, grocery and food options -- like Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kohl's, Yankee Candle, WholeFoods, Panera and Cold Stone Creamery -- are all available. The most recent additions at Derby Street include several pop-ups from local businesses and a newly-renovated lululemon store. The biggest complaints about the Hingham spot stem from difficulty navigating the space, both for parking and walking.

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19. Solomon Pond Mall

The Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough, first opened in 1996, has more than 100 stores with standard mall fare. Owned by Simon, it has been a destination for Central Mass. shoppers since it opened, but in recent years has seen the exodus of some of the more traditional retailers like The Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch and Banana Republic that have scaled back their operations.

Some reviewers praise the mall as being a great alternative to some of the more popular malls nearby, because it tends to be a bit less crowded while offering many of the same shops.The mall also has a Regal movie theatre as an attraction.

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18. The Loop in Methuen

The Loop, is a Wilder-owned strip mall in Methuen built on land where the Methuen Mall once stood, opened in 2000. The strip was built after the Methuen Mall failed in that location. The strip has several chains, and offers entertainment options including an AMC Theatres and Chuck E. Cheeses.

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17. The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley in Millbury

With the Shoppes at Blackstone Valley, we're moving into the trendier go-to shopping centers. The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley is an open-air shopping mall in Millbury, near Rt. 146, built by WS Development, the company behind some of the biggest developments happening in the Boston Seaport.

Anchor stores include Best Buy, Barnes & Nobile, DSW, Marshall's, Kohl's, Target and others, with some trendy retailers sandwiched in between. There are about 40-some stores here in addition to about a dozen eateries and restaurants. It also is home to a Showcase Cinemas Cinema de Lux, a state-of-the-art movie theater popular in the region.

The strip first opened in 2004. The biggest complaint heard about the Shoppes at Blackstone is the traffic. Traffic detail officers are stationed regularly at the center, however, and although it sees a lot of cars coming and going, traffic moves steadily.

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16. Holyoke Mall at Ingleside

The Holyoke Mall at Ingleside has nearly 200 stores, including a wide variety of chain stores, local stops and cafes and restaurants. Owned by The Pyramid Companies, anchor stores like Target, Best Buy, Macy's and JCPenney are located there.

Billy Beez, a 27,000-square-foot indoor playground, opened in the mall in 2016, attracting more families back to the mall for day trips and birthday parties. The mall also promises to bring back a movie theater after an eight-screen cinema closed in 1988. Cinemark announced plans to build a theater at Holyoke in 2017, and the theater is expected to open sometime in 2019.Other entertainment options coming next year include Flight Fit N Fun, an indoor adventure park, and Round One, an entertainment center offering bowling, ping pong and karaoke.

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15. Lee Premium Outlets

The Lee Premium Outlets, a Western Massachusetts counterpart to the Wrentham Premium outlets, is a popular outdoor shopping plaza to find discounts off high-end brands. The Simon Properties-owned center offers brands like Brooks Brothers and many other discounted brand name retailers that are not found elsewhere in the region.

The biggest criticisms of customers visiting the Lee outlets are that the food court has an extremely limited selection.

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14. Wareham Crossing

The Wareham Crossing Shopping Center is another WS Development outdoor plaza with more than 40 shops, outlets, boutiques and restaurants.

The newer plaza is rated kindly by reviewers, with special praises to the Black Dog outlet, Target, L.L. Bean outlet and Sally Beauty.

There are six different restaurants to eat atthat meet different price points, including Cosi, Casa Cancun Mexican, LongHorn Steakhouse, Qdoba and others.

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13. South Shore Plaza

The South Shore Plaza in Braintree first opened in 1961. Reviews are fairly split, but most agree it is an accessible and decent mall that carries more than 170 stores. Recent expansions added a wing with a Nordstrom department store, though some say there are still a number of vacant storefronts and poorly-operating elevators.

There are specialty stores and standard shopping fare throughout, as well as a healthy variety of nearly a dozen dining options outside the food court. High-end Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, California Pizza Kitchen, Cafe Bistro, 99 Restaurants, Buffalo Wild Wings and others can all be found at the South Shore Plaza.

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12. The Northshore Mall

The Northshore Mall is one of the oldest malls in the area, first opened in 1958. Another Simon mall, it has, over the years, undergone expansions, store turnover and many changes to its appearance.

There are more than 120 stores, including numerous department stores, like Nordstrom and Macy's, as well as boutiques like Francesca's, staple stores like Apple, Victoria's Secret, Sephora and specialty stores. Restaurants range pricing options, from Bancroft & Co. Steakhouse to the Cheesecake Factory, Not Your Average Joe's, Legal Sea Food or Chipotle.

One of the biggest critiques is the mall's food court, which some reviewers said leaves a lot to be desired.However, in just recent months, the mall added several new food court vendors, including Caffè Nero, a Tony C's Sports Bar and Grill restaurant, and will soon have a "hop + grind" and I Love Milkshakes.

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11. The Shops at Chestnut Hill

The Shops at Chestnut Hill in Newton, another Simon property, opened in 1974, is an enclosed, two-story mall tailored for the wealthy clientele that live in the area. It is quality mall with modern amenities, but it caters to a limited base of shoppers.

High-end stores like Bloomingdales, Coach, Kiehls Since 1851 and others are staples here. Attractive and newer dining options, like Shake Shack and a gelato shop are available to shoppers and the college students nearby at Boston College.

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10. Patriot Place

Patriot Place is a popular South Shore destination because, like other successful malls in the year 2018, the property combines shopping with experiences, attractions and quality dining. This property is owned by the Kraft Group.

Staple stores in the Foxborough plaza like Christmas Tree Shop, Bass Pro Shop, Trader Joe's, Ulta Beauty and others, are complimented by the expansive ProShops that sell a wide variety of Patriots gear and merchandise. Restaurants and bars span price points for customers, and experiential destinations like Lux Level bowling alley, Muse Paintbar, the Comedy Scene and a Cinema de Lux movie theater provide activities outside of shopping.

There are, of course, the sports games and concerts at the neighboring Gillette Stadium, but reviewers say there are often fitness or family-friendly events happening at Patriot Place as well.

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9. Thornes Market

Thornes in Northampton is a favorite in the community. It is not a typical mall or shopping center, but a collection of small shops and vendors hosted in a former Main Street department store. There are coffee stops, candy stores, artisan shops, a home good store and book store.

The treasure shopping center is often described as a cozy, tourist spot that can offer unique finds or window-shopping. This is by no means a mega mall or even a modern shopping center, but Thornes has maintained its charm and popularity in this small town that still boasts a happening downtown with many other shops to browse and restaurants to get a good meal at.

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8. Wrentham Village Premium Outlets

The Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, like Simon's other outlet center in Lee, are known as a place to score great deals on popular brands like Adidas, Brooks Brothers, Nike, Reebok, Burberry and others.

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The biggest complaint you'll hear about these outlets, which opened in 1997, is that during busy days, traffic and parking are a nightmare -- kind of like the famous Yogi Berra quote, "Nobody goes there anymore -- it's too crowded." Not a bad problem to have. Like the premium outlets in Lee, the lack of variety at the food court is often a complaint, though there are quality restaurants near the outlets, putting a good meal close by.

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7. Assembly Row

Assembly Rowin Somerville is an example of the new-age shopping center in Massachusetts: it demonstrates that a vibrant mix of retail, restaurant, experiential consumerism and residential can be successful -- especially in urban areas.

This 40-plus acres of land next to the Mystic River has been used in a variety of ways throughout its history, including farmland and an assembly plant for Ford Motor. But in the past few decades, the outdoor, mixed-use property began to take shape. A new MBTA station opened at Assembly Square in 2014, making it even easier to access.

Operated by Federal Realty, a combination of chain stores, local vendors, boutiques, cafes and restaurants and experiential spaces like the Legoland play store and AMC movie theater make this a desirable destination. The marketplace offers more than 40 outlets.

Residential buildings and properties stationed beside and above the retail spaces create a built-in customer base, something many developments are trying to incorporate.

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6. Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Besides existing as one of Boston's famous landmarks, the Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a tourist trap that rarely disappoints. In 1976, the marketplace opened, incorporating Quincy Market, offering a mix of retail, fast food, restaurant and more.

The conventional retail space is on the second floor of the marketplace, and vendors can be found in the North Market and South Market, which flank the main marketplace building. It may be more popular for its food than its shopping, and it is much more of a destination than a shopping center.

Faneuil Hall, often crowded with throngs of tourists and pedestrians, is an easy place to find local fare, like a lobster roll or cup of clam chowder. A copycat "Cheers" restaurant, Regina Pizzeria, Dick's Last Resort and other popular dining options are situated here.Owned by Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Inc., an affiliate of Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation, New York, New York, Faneuil Hall Marketplace has more than 70 retailers.

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5. The Prudential Center

The Prudential Center, conveniently located near the MBTA Green Line in downtown Boston, is a high-end mall owned by Boston Properties. It has more than 70 stores, including staples like Sephora, Sunglass Hut, but luxury anchors like Saks Fifth Avenue, Kate Spade, lululemon, Ralph Lauren and Gucci.

Restaurants include the Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen and, more recently, the vast Eataly marketplace. The Pru is a top-quality mall, though it is notably more expensive than other malls.

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4. Copley Place

Simon Property Group dominates the market for some of the best high-end malls in Massachusetts and the Copley Place mall in Boston, which first opened in 1983 is no exception. It is similar to the Prudential in that it is upscale, high-quality and more expensive than most can afford.

Stores include Barney's, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Versace, Tiffany's and...you get the picture. Those who want to window shop or plan to spend a lot can opt for the Copley Place, though it has limited food options with only Legal Seafood and Au Bon Pain.

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3. MarketStreet Lynnfield

First opened in 2013, the MarketStreet Lynnfield property is another shining example of an outdoor, mixed-use shopping center. Owned by WS Development, there is a mix of high-end and chain stores, as well as healthy, newer dining options and restaurants. King's Bowling Alley, an ice skating rink, and a Whole Foods are situated near restaurants like the Yard House, Davio's, or eateries like Sweet Green and Starbucks.

The MarketStreet Apartments were also built around the shopping center, creating a built-in community around the property.

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2. Burlington Mall

Unlike other Massachusetts malls built in the 1960s, the Burlington Mall has maintained a modern vibe. Another Simon mall, it is conveniently located off I-95, about a half hour northwest of Boston, and with a mix of high-end and standard fare, the mall has become a destination mall for many.

There are a number of luxury stores and boutiques, like Nordstrom, Burberry, Coach, Lucky and others, that customers are hard-pressed to find at other malls in the area. Restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory and Legal Seafood's are available, though the mall's popular Rainforest Cafe closed in 2016 -- after film "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" used the location in the movie.

One of the bigger complaints is the traffic and crowded parking lot at the mall, especially during the holiday season.

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1. Natick Mall

And here it is: the Natick Mall, the (arguably) best mall in Massachusetts. With roughly 250 stores and services, this is the largest mall in the state. It is a mammoth, a spacious shopping center well-known for its wide variety of vendors, restaurants, anchor stores, and more.

The Natick Mall, owned by Brookfield Properties, remains a top shopping destination, a place people travel to for the purpose of perusing and consuming.

This one maintains a balanced combination of high-end stores and typical mall fare, and last year constructed the first-ever two-story Wegmans grocery store, complete with restaurants, cafes and more.It's definitely a mall worth driving to.

Disagree with our ranking? Let us know in the comments what you think the best and worst malls in Massachusetts are.

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Located in South Dartmouth, Davoll's General Store is the oldest general store in Massachusetts and it's one that everyone can enjoy visiting.
  • Davoll's General Store in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts is the state's oldest store. ...
  • Since the late 1700s, ownership has changed many times with different families taken over.
2 Sept 2021

What is the biggest abandoned mall? ›

Located about 50 miles north of Hong Kong in Dongguan, China, the New South China Mall is the largest abandoned mall in the world by gross leasable area.

What city in the US has the best shopping? ›

10 Best Shopping Destinations in the USA
  • Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois.
  • The Galleria in Houston, Texas.
  • Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.
  • Manhattan streets & markets in New York City, New York.
  • Town Square in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • The Grove in Los Angeles, California.
  • Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida.

What is the largest abandoned mall in America? ›

Randall Park Mall

What is the most luxurious mall in America? ›

Keep scrolling for a look inside the most luxurious shopping center in America:
  • Bal Harbour Shops is a luxury shopping center in the beach destination of Bal Harbour, Miami. ...
  • The mall is a 466,000-square-foot tropical destination with high-end shops, restaurants, events, and more.
9 Feb 2018

What is the most visited shop? ›

Answer: amazon.com is the most visited eCommerce & Shopping website in August 2022.

What is the most visited shopping site? ›

Amazon.com had a monthly traffic of almost 3.2 billion visitors in 2022, followed by eBay.com with nearly 590 million visits on each month.

Which is the No 1 mall in world? ›

Dubai Mall is the world's largest destination for shopping, entertainment and leisure, located next to the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

What is the largest indoor mall? ›

At over 12 million square feet (equivalent to more than 50 soccer fields), the Dubai Mall is the largest shopping mall in the world based on total area.

What is the top 10 biggest mall in America? ›

10 Biggest Malls in the United States
  • Mall of America - Bloomington, Minnesota. ...
  • King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. ...
  • South Coast Plaza - Costa Mesa, California. ...
  • Del Amo Fashion Center - Torrance, California. ...
  • Aventura Mall - Aventura, Florida. ...
  • Destiny USA - Syracuse, New York. ...
  • Ala Moana Center - Honolulu, Hawaii.

What is the oldest house in Massachusetts? ›

The Fairbanks House (built 1641) is the oldest house verified using dendrochronology, followed by the James Blake House (built in 1661), but most First Period structures in Massachusetts have not yet been tested with dendrochronology surveys.

What is the oldest pub in Massachusetts? ›

The Warren Tavern is one of the most historic taverns in America. It is the oldest tavern in Massachusetts and was visited by many famous individuals including George Washington and Paul Revere. The Warren Tavern was first erected in 1780 in Charlestown, MA.

What was the first town in MA? ›

Plymouth was the first settlement in what is now the state of Massachusetts. Settlers first established Plymouth in the year 1620, and the the city of Plymouth has lived on to present day.

What is a stripped mall? ›

A strip mall, strip center or strip plaza is a type of shopping center common in North America where the stores are arranged in a row, with a sidewalk in front. Strip malls are typically developed as a unit and have large parking lots in front.

Are malls making a comeback 2022? ›

Yet, 2022 has seen something of a resurgence for the shopping mall and the traditional retailers that occupy these spaces. While foot traffic is still below pre-COVID levels, people have rushed back to the malls in numbers that have surprised many analysts this year.

Are malls a dying industry? ›

Dying malls are seeing anchor tenants fail or flee, and the rise of e-commerce has led many shoppers to do much of their buying online instead of in-store. Physical malls and shopping centers seem to be a dying breed.

What is the most stylish city in America? ›

New York City takes the top spot for America's most fashionable city, while Wichita, Kansas ranks as the least fashion-forward city, according to Finder.
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Cities following New York City as the most fashionable are:
  • Los Angeles.
  • Oakland, California.
  • Boston.
  • Chicago.
  • Philadelphia.
  • Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • New Orleans.
  • Washington, D.C.
14 Oct 2021

What US city has the most stuff to do? ›

Las Vegas

Vegas is all about having fun, so it's no surprise it takes the top spot, and ranks No. 1 for nightlife and parties. The city also ties with San Francisco for the most dance clubs and most restaurants per capita. It's in the top five for most festivals per capita, too.

Where is the cheapest place to shop in the USA? ›

Using public financial data and a survey of about 7,000 U.S. households, the dunnhumby study found 13 “Winners in Price.” The leader is—not surprisingly—Aldi! The chain keeps things simple.
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The Most Budget-Friendly Place to Shop
  • Aldi.
  • Market Basket.
  • WinCo.
  • Food4Less.
  • Costco.
  • Walmart.
  • Trader Joe's.
  • Walmart Neighborhood Market.
20 Mar 2021

What store no longer exists? ›

Department stores like Bon-Ton and Ames, bookstores like Waldenbooks and Borders, and clothing stores like Wet Seal and Limited Too are among the many stores that have permanently shut their doors.

What is the oldest indoor mall in America? ›

Southdale Shopping Center, located in Edina, Minnesota, was the first totally enclosed shopping center in the nation.

How many abandoned malls are there in the US? ›

In 2015, The Atlantic estimated that of the 1,200 or so malls in the U.S., one third are “dead or dying.”

What is the most expensive mall? ›

  • #1- The Dubai Mall, Dubai United Arab Emirates. ...
  • #2- Mall of the Emirates, Dubai United Arab Emirates. ...
  • #3- Villagio Mall, Doha, Qatar. ...
  • #4- Mall of America, USA. ...
  • #5- West Edmonton Mall, Canada. ...
  • #6- Beverly Center, Los Angeles. ...
  • #7- Melbourne's GPO, Australia.
19 May 2022

What are the top 3 biggest malls in the world? ›

World's largest malls
RankMallCountry
1Iran MallIran
2IOI City MallMalaysia
3South China MallChina
4Isfahan City CenterIran
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What is the biggest mall in the Northeast? ›

With seven major department stores and more than 450 stores, boutiques and restaurants, King of Prussia Mall is the largest retail space in the U.S. and the largest shopping mall on the East Coast.

What is the most famous store on earth? ›

Arguably the most famous department store in the world, Harrods was founded in 1849 and to this day is a London landmark attracting tourists from across the globe.

What day is the mall least busy? ›

The least busy times of day for shoppers are before 9 a.m. — often a time set aside for vulnerable shoppers — and after 8 p.m., with stores often closing at 9 p.m. to clean and restock during the pandemic. That means the safest times to shop would be early morning or later evening hours on Tuesday or Sunday.

What is the 10 largest mall in the world? ›

ICONSIAM is another giant mall located in Bangkok Thailand. It is the third-biggest mall in Thailand and the tenth largest in the world.

What is the most liked store? ›

popularity is the % of people who have a positive opinion of a department store. Find out more
  • 1 Target67%
  • 2 Dollar Tree66%
  • 3 Kohl's64%
  • 4 Costco64%
  • 5 Walmart61%
  • 6 Big Lots60%
  • 7 J. C. Penney60%
  • 8 Sam's Club60%

What is the most popular store 2022? ›

According to a survey run during the first quarter of 2022, 70 percent of adults in the United States have a positive opinion of Target, making it the most popular department store in this survey. Dollar Tree and Kohl's followed closely behind.

Which shop makes the most money? ›

Top 30 Profitable Retail Business Ideas with Low Investment
  • 1) Grocery store. it is one of the most profitable retail business in today's environment. ...
  • 2) Stationery and bookstore. ...
  • 3) Customized gift shops. ...
  • 4) Cosmetic store. ...
  • 5) Perfume stores. ...
  • 6) Mobile store. ...
  • 7) Kids store. ...
  • 8) Sports shop.
1 Oct 2022

What is the best shopping place in the world? ›

7 Best Shopping Destinations Worldwide
  1. New York City, USA. New York City is hands-down the best all-round shopping destination in the world. ...
  2. Paris, France. Paris is the world's fashion capital, for a good reason. ...
  3. Milan, Italy. ...
  4. London, United Kingdom. ...
  5. Hong Kong, China. ...
  6. Bangkok, Thailand. ...
  7. Los Angeles, USA.

What city has the most mall? ›

Today, Jakarta is a city with the highest number of malls in the world. We have reached nearly 200 malls and counting.

Why is a mall called a mall? ›

The term "mall" originally meant a place where people played pall-mall, a game similar to croquet. By the mid 1700s it had come to mean a tree-lined park where people went to walk and socialize.

What is the biggest outlet in USA? ›

Sawgrass Mills, Florida

With a massive 350 stores to explore, Sawgrass Mills is the largest outlet, retail and entertainment destination in the United States. Stores include Coach, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren and Prada. One of the highlights of Sawgrass Mills is the life-size Barbie House.

What is the mall with the most floors? ›

The tallest shopping mall is The ONE at 100 Nathan Road in Hong Kong, China. This building, which opened in 2010, is 172 m (564 ft) tall and has 24 floors of mixed retail and restaurant space, as well as a cinema and spa.

Was there a mall under the twin towers? ›

The Mall at the World Trade Center was an indoor underground shopping mall that was located in the concourse area of the original World Trade Center complex which was destroyed on September 11, 2001. Most of the mall was located underneath 4 and 5 World Trade Center, as well as under the Austin J. Tobin Plaza.

What is the 7th biggest mall in America? ›

7. The Galleria, Texas. Seventh on the list of the biggest shopping malls in America is The Galleria Mall in Houston, Texas.

What is the biggest shopping mall in New England? ›

OVER 100 STORES - NEW ENGLAND'S LARGEST SHOPPING MALL

After dining at Uno Pizzeria & Grill near the Granite Street entrance, we did some shopping at South Shore Plaza, a Simon Property.

What is the biggest mall in Boston? ›

The Natick Mall is the largest mall around. Home to two hundred retail stores, the Natick Mall is anchored by lavish retailers like Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom as well as affordable stores such as JC Penney and Sears.

Is MOA still the biggest mall? ›

It opened in 1992, and is the largest mall in the United States, the largest in the Western Hemisphere, and the ninth largest shopping mall in the world. The mall is managed by the Triple Five Group (which in turn is owned by the Ghermezian family, along with the West Edmonton Mall and the American Dream).

What is the number 1 biggest mall in the world? ›

Dubai Mall is the world's largest destination for shopping, entertainment and leisure, located next to the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

What is the richest mall in the United States? ›

As of February 2022, Mall of America, located in Bloomington Minnesota, was the largest mall in the United States with a Gross Leasable Area (GLA) of 5.6 million square feet.
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CharacteristicGross Leasable Area (GLA) in million square feet
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22 Mar 2022

What is the richest street in Boston? ›

The richest street in Boston. - Newbury Street
  • United States.
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Boston.
  • Boston - Things to Do.
  • Newbury Street.
15 Mar 2016

Is American Dream mall losing money? ›

American Dream reported $60 million in losses last year amid the pandemic, and is challenging $9 million that several neighboring municipalities say the mall owes to them.

Which is bigger MOA or seaside? ›

MOA, which is at 407,000 square meters, is smaller than Seaside. SM said that the largest mall is SM Megamall at 474,000 square meters, followed by SM North EDSA at 470,000 square meters.

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