Stamford Town Center is an urban shopping mall in Downtown Stamford, Connecticut. The 853,000 s.f. mall has space for about 130 stores and restaurants and includes a 250,000-square-foot (23,000 m2) Macy's and a 78,000-square-foot (7,200 m2) Saks Fifth Avenue as anchors.
From its opening, the mall was very popular and drew shoppers and tourists from as far as the New York City boroughs and even internationally. However in recent years, due to increased competition from nearby Greenwich, Connecticut's downtown shopping district and newer malls in White Plains, New York, the mall's owner Taubman Centers, has struggled to keep the mall fully occupied.The redevelopment of the former Filene's anchor has added pedestrian-friendly retail space and provides a better streetscape. In November, 2007, Stamford Town Center opened 4 new high quality restaurants; California Pizza Kitchen, Cosi, Kona Grill and P.F. Chang's China Bistro. The Capital Grille opened on February 25, 2008. Barnes & Noble opened their largest Connecticut store in this new space.
In 2006, demolition on the former Filene's location had started. This particular store had closed after the merger of Federated Department Stores and May Department Stores. J.C. Penney had occupied this space prior.
The Plaza, as it is referred to, is a pedestrian friendly complex of restaurants and merchants that are new to Connecticut, as well as the region. The new restaurants are as follows:
Kona Grill in The Plaza
California Pizza Kitchen
Mitchell's Fish Market
The Capital Grille
New retail options in the Plaza include:
Barnes & Noble - at 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2), it is the largest in the state.
H&M - Newest store in Fairfield County
The Plaza offers valet parking and easy access to parking level 1 from Tresser Boulevard. There is also a new entrance that was built to ease accessibility to the main mall. Other mall and parking levels are accessible by 2 all-glass elevators that access Levels 1,S*/M* for the Plaza, and the mall levels (4-5), and levels 6-Rooftop(10). Barnes & Noble is accessible from Level 4 as well as from the Plaza. H&M is accessible from Level 5 of the mall only.
The initial opening of the Plaza (which included Barnes & Noble, H&M, California Pizza Kitchen, Cosi, Kona Grill, and P.F. Chang's) occurred on November 1, 2007. Mitchell's Fish Market opened on December 8, 2007, while The Capital Grille opened on February 25, 2008.
Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que was originally planned to open in this new space, but pulled out of the project.