is a shopping mall
located in Ann Arbor, Michigan
, United States
. Opened in 1961 as an enclosed shopping mall, the center was 'De-Malled' around 1998 and redeveloped as a power centre
, retaining the name Arborland Center. Current anchor stores
, Circuit City
, Bed Bath & Beyond
Arborland was Ann Arbor's first suburban mall, opened in the early 1960s was originally a California-style open mall. After the opening of nearby Briarwood Mall
in the 1970s, Arborland was enclosed. The original Arborland featured Federal Department Store, and Crowley's
, Montgomery Ward
among its anchor stores; by the 1990s, Toys "R" Us
, Service Merchandise
, Burlington Coat Factory
, and Linens 'n Things
would be added as well.
In the late 1990s Freed and Associates purchased it on the cheap and razed most of the structure, transforming it into a big box cluster. Toys "R" Us and Marshalls also received newly-built stores during the "de-malling" of the center. Freed's purchase price was around $6 million; within a decade, in 2005, Freed was said to be seeking a buyer for over $100 million. Freed did shortly find a buyer for the . Centre. The facility was purchased by AmCap, through a joint venture with Los Angeles-based Hart Realty Advisers for a reported $102 million.