One of the most successful indoor retail shopping centers in South Florida, Aventura Mall just completed an expansion that makes it the largest in Florida (third in the US). Now offering a whopping three floors of shops, restaurants and a 24 theater cinema, the three million square feet of selling space encompasses smaller branded boutiques plus big box anchor stores Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s and JC Penney. In recent months the mall has launched a luxury shop for Louis Vuitton as well as one of the first Dade County locations for fast fashion retailer H&M (Hennes & Mauritz) which fills 2 separate floors offering clothing and accessories for men, women and children.
Visitors can hop on the southbound S bus for $2 and travel directly to the mall to collect a discount voucher at the Guest Service kiosk that reduces prices at most shops.
The movement toward more flagship shops for luxury brands in recent years points toward the strong economic success of Aventura Mall in spite of negative news predictions for retailers worldwide. Global specialty shops like Sur La Table, Porsche Design, Ferrari Store, Burberry, Cartier, and Coach are joined by Custo Barcelona, Desigual, Emilio Pucci, and Gilly Hicks from Sydney Australia. The popular yoga brand lululemon athletica opened a boutique near Ted Baker and Adidas Y-3, as did Michael Kors, M Missoni and Reiss.
Successful contemporary clothing brands drive the dial at Aventura with a two story Forever 21 complex covering the new second and third floor mall expansion and large format storefronts for Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch attracting fashion savvy teens. Trend denim shops from 7 for All Mankind, All Saints, A/X, Diesel, G-Star Raw, Joe’s Jeans and Lucky Denim compete with Tommy Hilfiger, True Religion, and American Eagle in the designer jeans sector. To add a little excitement to the mix, Miami HEAT superstar Lebron James invested some of his championship winnings into UNKNWN, an urban fashion boutique that specializes in pricey limited edition sneakers.