The Mall at University Town Center Named "Best Retail Development, Florida" by the International Property Awards

Oct 07, 2015

Oct. 7, 2015 -- The Mall at University Town Center (UTC) in Sarasota, Florida, has two milestones to celebrate this month – its one year anniversary on October 16, and receiving recognition as the “Best Retail Development, Florida” by the International Property Awards.

With this win UTC, owned and managed by Taubman in partnership with Benderson Development, is now in the running for the IPA’s “Best Retail Development, Americas” and “Best Retail Development, World” honors that will be announced on October 23.

“We received numerous submissions for outstanding developments,” said Stuart Shield, president of the UK-based International Property Awards. “These impressive projects are not only attractive to the eye, they are highly functional, eco-friendly and feature state-of-the-art technology.”

Ron Loch, AIA, vice president, planning and design for Taubman, led the design vision for the project, one of the company’s crown jewels.

“We are very proud to receive such prominent recognition for The Mall at University Town Center,” said Loch. “We were passionate about creating a center where modern architecture, natural-light filled spaces and sustainable design would set a warm and inviting stage for our customers to experience world-class shopping and dining.”

Judging for the International Property Awards was conducted by a panel of more than 70 experts from all over the world, and was chaired by two members of the House of Lords: Lord Caithness and Lord Best.

About The Mall at University Town Center

Located at I-75 and University Parkway, this world-class fashion and dining destination features approximately 860,000 square feet of retail space with Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Dillard’s and more than 100 specialty stores and restaurants. Showcasing many distinctive retailers not found anywhere else in the local market, the center offers visitors a diverse mix of upscale, fashion and lifestyle retailers, popular favorites, sit-down restaurants and a children’s play area.