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The malls have it

But don't stop there. From Sarasota to Orlando, the stores are primed for you.

By Times staff

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 25, 2001

From the tacky to the sublime, Super Bowl visitors will find no lack of places to spend money. Our list of shopping malls and outlet centers in the greater Tampa Bay area is by no means all-inclusive. Take a side trip or venture onto U.S. Highway 19, and you'll find many more retail opportunities.

Hillsborough County

Brandon Town Center: Near the intersection of State Road 60 and Interstate 75, Brandon. Department stores and more than 100 specialty shops with national chains from Ann Taylor to Eddie Bauer. Lots more shops and restaurants, plus movie theaters, within a mile radius. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-6 p.m. Sun. On the Web:; telephone: (813) 661-6255

Channelside: This new waterfront shopping/entertainment complex is near the Florida Aquarium, on Channelside Drive southeast of downtown Tampa. Its 10-screen movie theater opened earlier this month; shops are yet to open.

Citrus Park Town Center: Veterans Expressway at Exit 9 (Gunn Highway), Tampa. One of the area's newest malls, the 1.1-million-square-foot center is anchored by Burdines, Dillard's, Sears and JC Penney and has a movie multiplex and more than 120 specialty stores, such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Pottery Barn, Talbots, Williams-Sonoma and the Disney Store. More shops and restaurants within a mile radius. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. On the Web:; telephone (813) 926-4644.

Old Hyde Park Village: 1509 W Swann Ave., Tampa. Upscale outdoor mall in a leafy section of south Tampa with shops (including Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Anthropologie, Restoration Hardware), restaurants and a movie multiplex. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sunday; some stores offer extended hours. Telephone: (813) 251-3500.

Tampa Bay Center: Close to Raymond James Stadium, at Himes Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, Tampa. Anchored by Sears; includes dozens of fashion, gift and home furnishings stores including Victoria's Secret, Lechters, Kaybee Toys and Waldenbooks. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-6 p.m. Sun. Telephone: (813) 879-6070.

University Mall: 2200 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Recently renovated, this two-story mall is anchored by Burdines, Dillard's and Sears and boasts a 20-screen movie theater. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-6 p.m. Sun. On the Web:; telephone: (813) 971-3465. Adjacent on Fowler Avenue is University Collection, with specialty shops and restaurants.

WestShore Plaza: West Shore and Kennedy boulevards, Tampa. With a new 15-store, two-restaurant and 14-screen movie theater addition, anchors are Tampa Bay's only Saks Fifth Avenue, plus Burdines, Dillard's and JC Penney, and more than a hundred specialty stores. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-6 p.m. Sun. On the Web:; telephone: (813) 286-0790.

Ybor City: This historic district is the heart of Tampa's nightlife, with clubs, bars and restaurants for all tastes along Seventh Avenue. The newest feature is Centro Ybor, with a movie multiplex, upscale restaurants and shops, plus Gameworks, the mega-arcade for kids of all ages. Also look for funky specialty shops along Seventh Avenue. Hours: Variable. On the Web:; telephone: (813) 242-4660.

Manatee County

Prime Outlets Ellenton. 5461 Factory Shops Blvd., Ellenton: South of the Sunshine Skyway bridge, Interstate 75 to Exit 43, Ellenton; east to 60th Avenue. This recently expanded outlet mall includes more than 100 shops, among them outlets of upscale stores such as Versace, Escada, Liz Claiborne, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger and Brooks Brothers, plus a food court. Adjacent to an ice-skating rink. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. On the Web:; telephone (888) 260-7608.

Orange County

Orlando Premium Outlets: Interstate 4 at Exit 27. 113-store outlet mall opened in June. Upscale retailers include La Perla, Barneys New York Outlet, Hugo Boss, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Burberry, DKNY, Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and TSE cashmere. Hours: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. On the Web:; telephone: (407) 238-7787. Discount coupon booklets free to those who show Super Bowl tickets or ticket stubs at information booth in food court.

Pasco County

Gulf View Square: On U.S. Highway 19 in Port Richey. Anchors are Burdines, Dillard's, JC Penney and Sears, with more than 100 specialty stores and restaurants. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5:30 p.m. Sun. On the Web:; telephone: (727) 848-3600.

Pinellas County

BayWalk: New urban mall in downtown St. Petersburg has specialty shops (including Ann Taylor, Chico's, Hurricane Pass Outfitters and Australian Creations), a 20-screen movie theater, bars and restaurants. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; noon-11 p.m. Sunday. Restaurant hours vary. Telephone: (727) 895-9277. Nearby is the Beach Drive area of specialty shops, plus interesting stores and galleries on and around Central Avenue downtown.

Countryside Mall: Countryside Boulevard and U.S. 19, Clearwater. Recent renovations at this regional mall include enlarged Dillard's and Burdines department stores, a new ice rink and updated looks for many of the more than 100 stores, including various Gap incarnations, Chico's and other mall standards. Construction is still under way, but the mall is open. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Sun. Telephone: (727) 796-1079.

Northwood Plaza, 3030 Enterprise Road, Clearwater: Features Jacobson's department store for upscale women's and men's fashions, Talbots and Patchington women's fashions, Nicholson House gifts, several restaurants and other specialty shops, plus a Winn-Dixie and Eckerd for your more mundane needs. Hours: Variable. On the Web:; telephone: (727) 725-7405.

Tyrone Square: At Tyrone Boulevard, 22nd Avenue and 66th Street, St. Petersburg. Anchors include Burdines, Dillard's, JC Penney and Sears, plus a food court and more than 170 specialty shops, including Ann Taylor Loft, Charlotte Russe, the Disney Store, American Eagle Outfitters and Victoria's Secret. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-6 p.m. Sun. On the Web:; telephone: (813) 347-3889.

Sarasota County

St. Armand's Circle: From I-75, take Sarasota Exit 39, then west on State Road 780. Outdoor shopping area features more than 130 stores including Jacobson's, Dream Weaver, Fresh Produce and Mark, Fore & Strike, plus art galleries, specialty and gift shops, jewelers and restaurants. Hours: Variable. On the Web:; telephone: (941) 388-1554.

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