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Westfield Citrus Park: Through the years



Jan. 15, 1987: Developers announce plans for a mall on 225 acres at the northwest corner of Sheldon Road and Gunn Highway.

April 1993: Former County Administrator Fred Karl says in a memo that widening Sheldon Road from two lanes to four lanes remains "indefinitely delayed." It is one of several prerequisites developers must meet before building the mall.

Oct. 2, 1994: The Veterans Expressway opens with an exit just outside the mall property, giving future shoppers easy access.

Feb. 15, 1995: Brandon Town Center opens. Citrus Park Town Center is supposed to make its debut as well, but delays stall the project.

March 20, 1997: Ground is broken at the site of the future mall and a sister shopping plaza.

Fall 1998: Widened sections of Sheldon Road and Gunn Highway open to traffic.

1999: Land values in Citrus Park area total $525 million.

March 3, 1999: Citrus Park Town Center opens, with a play area and merry-go-round for kids, and anchor stores including JCPenney, Dillard's and Burdines (now Macy's).

Fall 1999: Citrus Park Plaza opens across from the mall.

May 2002: Australia-based Westfield Group completes the $2.5 billion purchase of several malls, including those in Brandon, Clearwater and Citrus Park.

May 2005: Owners drop Shoppingtown from name.

2009: Land values in Citrus Park area total $882.9 million.

March 2009: Westfield Citrus Park turns 10.

Compiled by Rodney Thrash, Times Staff Writer

Westfield Citrus Park: Through the years 03/26/09 [Last modified: Thursday, March 26, 2009 4:31am]

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