A mainstay of the Busch Gardens -University of South Florida area, University Mall is anchored by Dillard's, Wards, ... More
A mainstay of the Busch Gardens -University of South Florida area, University Mall is anchored by Dillard's, Wards, Sears, Burdines, and JC Penney. Those are intermingled with more than 150 specialty shops. If not everyone in the group is an Olympic shopper, there's a 16-screen Regal Theater for the non-shopper to spend a couple of hours in the land of celluloid. A food court is abetted by a cluster of specialty foods purveyors and restaurants. Carts and kiosks add intriguing items to the shopping cart, from beads to herbs.
a lot of people are saying it's a ghetto mall - they're right. however, this is tampa, any place you go is going to be ghetto and will attract ghetto people. i've never had any problems while shopping and the people were friendly for the most part. i've never ventured very far into this mall, and i'd be ok never going back, but i like shopping at old navy and the one is university is the closest to me. i'm sure there are nicer malls somewhere in tampa, so i'd recommend looking for one with a nicer atmosphere.
this was a great mall at one time, but now its just full of low income trying to hassle you for money, the shops are leaving as are the normal shoppers, there are a lot of thugs and gang bangers hanging out there
Many people told me that this mall was "hood" or ghetto. That I shouldn't go at night because I might get robbed or raped, well you couldn't be more wrong. Not only did I walk home from the mall around 9pm and arrive safely, but I had an excellent time shopping. This mall is not crazy like the brandon mall or citrus park, I don't know about you but i enjoy getting in and out of stores quickly instead of wasting my day waiting in a long line. Those of you who think this mall is ghetto or hood have clearly never been to an actual ghetto or hood. The construction on the roads is done by the city not the mall, so don't hold them accountable for streets they don't pave, talk to your city. I think people just look at the area not the mall and this is unfair. Id definitely recommend this mall over others nearby. They have good deals and less crazy traffic.
It's a place for teenagers to go and pass the time. I'm 19, but I would rather go to a real park than go to University Mall unless I know exactly what I need and what I'm looking for. The movie theatre is the worst I've ever been to. Each theatre is small, the chairs are dirty and uncomfortable, and the employees are kids who could care less about customer service. Plus it takes away from the movie when you're interrupted by kids, who tried to sneak in, running through the theatres to get away from the security guards. The only positive note is probably for the food court. The TV's on CNN channel is good, but a whole half of the cafeteria is blocked off and has been for the past 2 years that I've been here. Overall, the mall needs some MAJOR renovations.
Driving to this mall requires a ride down potholed, unlandscaped roads. A combination of theft and lack of business (from paying costomers) has driven out some of the higher end stores including Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, The Limited, Bombay Co., and JCPenny. Customer service at the remaining stores, at any given time, is much worse than you would expect at Wal-Mart.
The University Mall in the USF area of Tampa is, in my opinion, one of the most dangerous shopping destinations in the city. Packs of very shady looking "gangsta" types roam the mall, making the shopping experience a nervous one for people that are not of that affiliation.
During the past two years the mall has lost most of the upscale stores (i.e. The Bombay Co.) and has replaced them with locally owned "urban" clothing shops with nearly every one of them prominently displaying merchandise in the windows depicting guns or "hustling" on them . And in the case of JC Penney's departure, the mall has placed a low-end discount t-shirt store in an anchor position. Under these new choices, it has taken on more of the feel of a flea market than a shopping mall, and the mall's client�le reflects that. One cannot make a trip through the length of the mall without hearing extremely foul language, loudly amplified by the marble and glass surroundings, being hurled from one group of kids to another, or being witness to some kind of domestic dispute between couples that moves from one store to the next, shouting and shoving the whole way.
For a more normal shopping experience I would highly recommend shopping at the Westfield Malls in Brandon and Citrus Park, or the West Shore mall or International Plaza.
the atmosphere of the mall is horrible.. majority of the stores are geared toward a certin class of people. people working at the kiosks would often "attack" you trying to sell their buissness.. not a classy mall at all.
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