If you're looking for a place to shop while in the Metro Detroit Area, look no further than its plethora of shopping centers and malls. Whether you're a resident of the Detroit Metro Area or just visiting the Motor City, you can use the following list of malls and shopping centers, organized by date of construction, to help plan your day of shopping.
Since the construction of one of the nation's first regional shopping centers, Northland Center, in 1954, the Motor City has played a part in perfecting the suburban sprawl in America by offering a new form of cultural gathering place through the conscious design of these shopping malls, and although Northland Center closed in 2015, the legacy it created in Detroit lives on through the abundance of malls that are still open nearby.
Largely due to the rush of workers during the boom of the automobile industry in Detroit, these malls were constructed for the metro area residents not only to provide them the utility of buying everything in one place but also to serve as a place to exchange ideas, spend time and money, and develop community.
Since their inception into American culture, shopping malls have garnished varying degrees of popularity, peaking in the 1990s and 2000s before the rise of online consumerism began to hurt mall attendance. Still, malls are great places to get deals and exclusives, wander around and discover things you never knew you wanted, and spend time with friends or family.
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Located in the inner-ring Detroit suburb of Harper Woods, Eastland Center is the oldest mall still in operation in the metro area and has undergone multiple renovations and expansions since its original construction in 1957.
You can check the website for hours of operation, daily special sales, a directory listing of all stores on-premise, and a list of special events the mall hosts annually.
Address: 18000 Vernier Rd, Harper Woods, MI 48225
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Formerly known as Livonia Mall at the time of its construction in 1964, the original mall was torn down in 2008 to make room for the Livonia Marketplace, which is now a shopping center strip mall anchored by Sears and Walmart.
This is still a great place to go if you want to knock out more than one errand, but you do have to go outside of stores!
Address: 29480 W Seven Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48152
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Westland Shopping Center was first opened in 1965 and serves the community of Westland with 100 inline stores, all on one floor. Although the Macy's recently closed, the Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works were both renovated in 2017.
Address: 35000 Warren Road Westland, MI 48185Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Another mall serving the Troy suburb, the south mall of Somerset Collection was originally constructed just a year after Oakland Mall in 1969, but the north mall wasn't constructed until 1996.
Somerset is even larger and more luxurious than its predecessor, featuring over 180 specialty stores. The Somerset Collection mall is owned by the Forbes company and is one of the 100 most profitable malls in America.
Address: 800 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084
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Southland Center is the most recent of the four "-land" malls in the Detroit Metro Area, Northland, Southland, Eastland, and Westland, and has served the community of Taylor since 1970. This mall currently features 108 stores including a movie theater and eight large department stores attached to the main mall.
Address: 23000 Eureka Rd, Taylor, MI 48180
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With over 180 stores and services offered at this 1977-constructed mall, it's the perfect destination for a day of shopping if you're in the Detroit suburb of Novi.
Twelve Oaks Mall is one of the largest malls in Michigan in terms of retail space, so you won't run out of new places and things you haven't seen very quickly!
Address: 27500 Novi Rd, Novi, MI 48377Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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One of the newer malls in the Detroit Metro Area, the Village of Rochester Hills (VRH) was constructed and first opened in 2002. Now, VRH offers guests a selection of over 50 stores and services in a format known as an upscale retail lifestyle center.
Stores here are bound to be a bit more expensive and their products more high-end, so be prepared to spend significantly more at this mall than others on the list.
Address: 104 Adams Rd, Rochester, MI 48309
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