The Mall of San Juan
The Mall of San Juan is a 650,000 sq ft (60,000 m2) upscale shopping mall located across from the San José Lagoon at the south end of the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge, near the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It opened its doors on March 26, 2015 and it is anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, both being the first stores in their respective chains in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Future plans includes the construction of an office tower and a hotel and casino set to begin construction later on 2015 and completed by 2017. The mall was constructed at a cost of $475 million by Taubman Centers.
The land where the mall now is was once a building complex which originally served as housing for the 1979 Pan American Games. The buildings were demolished in 1998 in what was a world record for most buildings to be demolished simultaneously with explosives.
Originally, the project was called Nueva Puerta de San Juan when it was first planned in the 90s. In the 2000s, it was renamed Plaza Internacional. Construction of the mall had been paralyzed for several years due to financing issues and a lawsuit by the owners of the nearby Plaza Las Americas. New Century Development would later file a lawsuit of their own when Plaza Las Americas announced plans for an expansion. The project was later given its current name and finally broke ground in 2012.