Pompano Mall. Pompano Fashion Square. Pompano Citi Centre.
Area locals know us by many names, but our official moniker is Pompano Citi Centre. We are an outdoor lifestyle center that features shops, restaurants, entertainment and work spaces. So why do so many people call us by another name?
Pompano Beach’s mall was originally developed by Leonard L. Farber, Inc. in 1970 as an enclosed mall. It was one of the only enclosed malls in Broward County! Many of our area’s locals have just always called us the Pompano Mall. In 1985, the mall underwent renovations, and was renamed Pompano Fashion Square Mall. Back then, the mall was anchored by Jordan Marsh (which later became Mervyn’s, then Dillard’s), Burdines, Sears and J.C. Penney.
In 2004, the “Pompano Mall” or “Pompano Fashion Square” was redeveloped again, this time by a new owner, Faison. Faison literally turned the mall inside out, and the Dillard’s was demolished to make room for what is now Lowe’s Home Improvement. The small shop section between J.C. Penney and Macy’s (formerly Burdines), was turned into a strip of big box retailers that now includes Ross Dress for Less, Big Lots and Office Depot. Finally, the center court of the once enclosed mall was opened up to the sunshine and Pompano’s beachy breezes, creating a pleasant, walkable lifestyle center. Faison renamed the mall Pompano Citi Centre.
The newly redeveloped property struggled with its new identity and much of the second and third floors of the center sat empty. Faison sold the mall to a subsidiary of Sterling Organization in 2012. Sterling Organization, which specializes in turning around struggling commercial real estate properties, began to make improvements and bring new life to Pompano’s ailing mall.
Today, Pompano Citi Centre has rebounded into a shopping and dining destination once again. The daytime office population is flourishing on the second and third floors, and new and exciting businesses and restaurants are holding grand openings almost monthly. Special events are also being offered as free entertainment options for area families as well as those visiting Florida on vacation.
So no matter what you call us – the Pompano Mall, Fashion Square or Pompano Citi Centre – we are More Than Just a Mall. We are your shopping, dining, fitness, entertainment and workplace destination.