10 shopping centers worth your holiday business

For those who prefer doing their holiday shopping at brick-and-mortar shopping centers, the Daytona Beach area has plenty to choose from, ranging from traditional enclosed malls to big-box “power centers” and open-air “lifestyle” centers. 

Here are 10 recommendations of shopping centers worth checking out, whether you’re a newcomer to the area or a longtime local resident who hasn’t visited them in a while:

1. Volusia Mall

The Volusia Mall sign on International Speedway Blvd., Thursday January 7, 2021 in Daytona Beach.

Offering 1.1 million square feet of retail space, this traditional enclosed mall at 1700 W. International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach is by far the largest shopping center in the Volusia-Flagler area. Built in 1974, Volusia Mall offers more than 90 specialty stores as well as a J.C. Penney department store and three (that’s right, three!) Dillard’s department stores. It also offers a “restaurant row” of mostly standalone eateries outside the mall along West International Speedway Boulevard.

Other tenants include H&M, Books-A-Million, American Eagle Outfitters, Vans, Victoria’s Secret and the longtime locally owned Mr. Dunderbak’s Deli & Restaurant.

During the holidays, the mall also offers kids a chance to visit “Santa” in the center court area.

2. Tanger Outlets

Shoppers stroll the outdoor corridors of the Tanger Outlets mall in Daytona Beach a week ahead of Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday buying season. Retailers started Black Friday sales much earlier this year to prevent crowding on Black Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic, said Anand Krishnamoorthy, a marketing professor at the University of Central Florida.

Located along the east side of Interstate 95, just south of the I-95/LPGA Boulevard interchange, the 350,000-square-foot Tanger Outlets mall in Daytona Beach offers 78 outlet stores as well as a handful of eateries.

Tenants include H&M, Nike Factory Store, Under Armour Factory House, Vera Bradley Factory Outlet and Columbia Factory Store. Tanger Outlets opened in November 2016 and served as a catalyst for the tremendous surge in new homes, apartments and commercial development projects the LPGA area has seen since then.

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3. Tomoka Town Center

Cars enter the Tomoka Town Center shopping center next to the Interstate 95/LPGA Boulevard interchange in Daytona Beach on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. The center has attracted several stores from chains that closed older locations just three miles to the south along West International Speedway Boulevard.

Located next to Tanger Outlets, Tomoka Town Center is a “lifestyle retail power center” that offers more than a half-million square feet of retail stores and restaurants. It welcomed its first tenants in 2018 and is still adding more.

Currently under construction is a new 55,400-square-foot Rooms-To-Go store that will be one of the furniture retail chain’s largest, as well as two planned new eateries: Ford’s Garage, an antique car-themed restaurant, and Miller’s Ale House.

Other tenants include Hobby Lobby, Barnes & Noble, Academy Sports, Bealls Home Centric, Burlington, and Dave & Buster’s. It is also adjacent to a Sam’s Club membership warehouse store.

Tomoka Town Center is at 1401 Cornerstone Blvd., Daytona Beach, next to the northbound off-ramp for the Interstate 95/LPGA Boulevard interchange.

4. One Daytona/Shoppes at One Daytona

Victory Circle at the One Daytona entertainment/retail complex across the street from Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021.

This retail/dining/entertainment complex across the street from Daytona International Speedway is actually two adjoining centers both owned by NASCAR.

One Daytona at 1 Daytona Blvd., Daytona Beach, welcomed its first tenants in late 2016 and early 2017. It offers 300,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues and was created to complement the Speedway as a year-round attraction for both locals as well as visiting race fans and tourists.