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