The Mall at Millenia
The Mall at Millenia (commonly called The Millenia Mall or Millenia) is an upscale, contemporary, indoor shopping mall located in Orlando, Florida just off of Interstate 4 (exit 78) at Conroy Road near the northern end of International Drive. Opened in 2002, it has over 150 stores, and is anchored by Macy's, Bloomingdale's, and Neiman Marcus. The GLA is 1,118,000 ft² (103,866 m²).
The Mall at Millenia advertises itself as an upscale, premium shopping mall, as evidenced by its anchors. Its Macy's was the first in Central Florida, and remains its largest (the other Macy's in Orlando are converted Burdines stores). Bloomingdale's and Neiman Marcus were also regional firsts.
When The Mall at Millenia first opened in 2002 it featured upscale offerings: Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Chanel, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, and Jimmy Choo. The Mall has further developed its luxury offerings as existing stores have renovated and expanded and new tenants have been announced. Between 2010 and 2015, Emporio Armani, Prada, Saint Laurent, Brooks Brothers, Tory Burch, Vineyard Vines, and Lilly Pulitzer have opened. Sam Edelman opened in early 2016, while Bulgari and Earl's Kitchen & Bar are slated to open later in the year.
Nearly all upscale stores are concentrated on the second level in between Grand Court and Bloomingdale's. The remaining section is filled with mall mainstays, including Victoria's Secret, Sephora, Vans, Williams-Sonoma, Ann Taylor, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, and L'Occitane en Provence.
Dining options range from The Cheesecake Factory, The Capital Grille, Brio Tuscan Grille, California Pizza Kitchen, and P.F. Chang's China Bistro, which flank one of the mall's entrances, and a food court which is filled with fast food options like Chick-Fil-A and Chipotle Mexican Grill.
The Mall is owned by The Forbes Company which also owns the larger Somerset Collection, in Troy, Michigan. The Somerset Collection was used as a model for the Mall at Millenia. Like Somerset, the Mall at Millenia was designed by JPRA Architects and features award-winning lighting by Paul Gregory (Focus Lighting), glass elevators, and fountains. Neither mall has kiosks.
The name The Mall at Millenia is intentionally misspelled, possibly for trademarking since the word Millennia is correctly spelled with two of the letter n.
When the mall first opened, there was not much else in the surrounding area. That has changed in the last five years and the area in which the mall is located in now locally known as "Millenia." The area, particularly the Mall, has become a major draw for business and tourists alike. There are now apartment and condo buildings, single family homes, and corporate office buildings surrounding the mall. Furthermore, many premium stores and upscale restaurants surround the mall, including Mercedes-Benz of South Orlando. IKEA opened adjacent to the mall on November 14, 2007.
The mall is serviced by Lynx buses (links) 24, 40, and 305. Taxi service and valet parking are available at the main entrance of the mall. Free parking surrounds the mall and is divided into sections with alphanumeric signage. Security vehicles monitor the mall area 24 hours a day.