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SeaLife Aquarium Great Lakes Crossing | by Nicholas Eckhart
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SeaLife Aquarium Great Lakes Crossing

Does anybody else know of another mall that has an aquarium inside of it? It actually looked like it was doing well; it appeared there were a bunch of people lined-up and waiting to get inside. This was previously a GameWorks location until 2010 (similar concept to Dave & Buster's).


The massive, approximately 1,400,000 square foot, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets was opened on Novemeber 12th 1998. Taubman developed this mall after a plan by Mills to build "Auburn Mills" on the site fell through. Great Lakes Crossing is obviously a Mills inspired mall. The original anchors of the mall were Bass Pro Shops, JCPenney Outlet, Burlington Coat Factory, Sportmart, and Star Theatres. Of those main anchors, JCPenney Outlet closed and Sportmart (another source says it may have been Oshman's) became Sports Authority. A number of mid-size anchor stores such as T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Group USA, Saks Off Fifth Outlet, Lord & Taylor Outlet, Neiman Marcus Last Call, SeaLife aquarium, Forever 21, and Bed Bath & Beyond are also found at this mall.


The mall appears to be doing very well based on how I saw it. I only noticed a handful of vacancies and most of those vacancies appear to have happened within the months prior to my visit. The largest vacancy at the mall was a former Toby Keith's I Love This Bar And Grill location, which closed in late 2015. The mall also seemed to have heavy foot-traffic and full parking lots. I was planning to eat here as well but all the tables in the food court had people at them and the full service restaurants, like Rainforest Cafe, all had waits. This is a little departure from me covering mostly dead or dying malls. I thought it was odd to see a mall with an aquarium in it as well!


Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (January 23, 2016) - Auburn Hills, Michigan


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Taken on January 23, 2016