Above: a rendering of the mall
By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon
CJ Travel Editor
Caribbean shoppers rejoice! A new mall is about to open and make all your high-priced, designer-item dreams come true.
The Mall of San Juan throws open its doors in Puerto Rico on March 26 with a 100,000 square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue and a 138,000-square-foot Nordstrom as its anchor stores – the first stores in the Caribbean for both high-end brands.
Several other brands, including Gucci, Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and Versace, will join the roster of about 110 upscale retailers and restaurants at the two-story shopping shrine.
It’s conveniently located just five minutes from Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, so shoppers can revel in retail within minutes of leaving Baggage Claim.
Taubman Centers, the developers behind Mall of San Juan as well as Miami’s Dolphin Mall and Mall at Millenia in Orlando (both popular with visiting Caribbean shoppers), are also planning to open a hotel and casino on the property.
The mall’s opening arguably makes San Juan – also home to the region’s largest shopping center, the 300-store Plaza Las Americas – the retail hub of the Caribbean, where buyers will be limited only by their budgets.