Essentially, the Westland Mall is a pretty standard mall with nothing too out of the ordinary, however, being located in the town of Hialeah has definitely impacted some of the ideas at Westland. First of all, guests of the mall may notice that there are signposts in Spanish quite frequently throughout the mall, as well as a lot more Hispanic based restaurants in the food court.
Hialeah is a very high Hispanic-population town, in-fact, 92% of all Hialeah have stated that Spanish is their first language. It isn’t like Hialeah is a small town either, the population is reported at being just over 210,000 residents and growing, which is why Westland Mall mostly caters to the Hispanic culture.
The start of Westland Mall
It all began for Westland back in the summer of 1971 when the mall embarked on its grand opening. Although, that wasn’t the beginning for one of the shops that was located at Westland that was already there prior to construction of the mall, Burdine’s. The initial setup for the malls anchoring stores included the already pre-existing Burdine’s, as well as a new JCPenney serving as a middle anchor and a Sears as the third anchor, on the opposite end of the mall as Burdine’s.
Westland Mall was built on the western side of Hialeah, right along the Palmetto Expressway at the intersection of 49th Street. In size, the Westland Mall is nothing huge, but still the mall was a huge success bringing in a lot of customers and tenants.
Renovations and the Westfield Westland era
The mall received several smaller renovations throughout the past 30-40 years, including a brand new food court area, flooring repairs and upgrades, and new lighting. In 2005, the Burdine’s store was converted into a Macy’s, which of course came with a major visual upgrade for that particular lot within the mall.
Two years after the Macy’s was implemented, Westfield Mall was sold by its original owners, The Mills, to a company by the name of Westfield Group. Along with this purchase, for whatever reason, came a change to the malls name. The new name for Westfield Mall was set as “Westfield Westland”, a name that local residents typically would just ignore and refer to the mall as its original name.
However, the Westfield Westland name would be short-lived anyways as just five years later in 2012, Westfield Group would sell the mall to Starwood Capital Group who re-named it from Westfield Westland back to its original and proper name, Westfield Mall.
Reversion to Westfield Mall
Since ownership was transferred yet again and the mall was granted its old name back, the mall has continued to see more and more success. Recent reports verify that the mall itself has roughly 10 – 12 thousands gets every day, thanks to its close proximity to the Miami metropolitan area. The mall offers over 100 different places to shop including department stores, clothing stores, sports shops, as well as eating establishments.