ABQ Uptown is an outdoor luxury shopping mall owned by Simon Property Group in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ABQ Uptown is one of 4 malls located in the Albuquerque area. Its anchor tenants include J.Crew, The North Face, and Lush.
ABQ Uptown opened in 2006 as an open air lifestyle center, and was developed by Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, a local architecture firm that specializes in southwest and green design.
The brownfield site was a vacant 20 acre lot between Coronado and Winrock Malls. The lot was purchased and designed as a mixed-use development zone by Hunt Building Corporation, including a lifestyle center, housing, offices, and a grocery store. In November 2006, ABQ Uptown was opened, and brought more retail chains to the area, including several stores that previously did not serve Albuquerque or New Mexico, such as the state's only Apple Store. Below the infill site, a three level, 300 space parking garage was built to facilitate extra parking.
ABQ Uptown opened in two phases. Phase one opened in November 2006, and included the shopping centers, parking garage, and the realignment of roads and utilities in the area. Phase two was the development and construction of multi-family housing, and opened in 2008. Simon Property Group, who also owns Cottonwood Mall (the fourth mall in the metropolitan area, and the only one not in the uptown area), purchased ABQ Uptown from Hunt Building Corporation in 2012.
Competing Real estate owners Simon Property Group, General Growth Properties, and Goodman Realty Group own ABQ Uptown, Coronado Center, and Winrock Center respectively, and are making efforts to revitalize the uptown area. New growth includes the removal of the old Winrock Inn and Winrock 6 theater, and the construction of a new Theater, complete with the city's first IMAX theater. New stores and restaurants, such as Dave & Busters, BJ's Restaurant, California Pizza Kitchen, Pottery Barn, and H&M have come to Albuquerque. Other stores, such as Banana Republic, The Gap and local jeweler Mati have moved from other malls to ABQ Uptown in an effort to boost business and visibility.
Part of the revitalization efforts of the area included the construction of ABQ Uptown Village, a set of mixed income apartments across the street from the shopping center. The 198 unit building opened in 2008.Taste of ABQ- A food festival which follows the trend across the U.S. featuring local cuisine. Restaurants based at ABQ Uptown as well as other local restaurants participate in the event, which lasts for one day in early August.
Christmas Tree Lighting- Each year, the mall holds an annual Christmas tree lighting with live music and entertainment as well as many sales throughout stores in the mall. The lighting usually takes place in early December each year.
Holiday Stroll- The mall also holds a yearly holiday stroll the same night as the Christmas tree lighting. The stroll usually includes free hot chocolate, fondue, and baked goods provided by nearly every store in the mall. Toni and Guys famous "mini manicures" are also given out at various locations around the mall.
ABQ RIDE installed a simple Rapid Ride stop for the 766 at the corner of Indian School Road & Uptown Loop Road in 2006. The route already ended at the Uptown Transit center, which is closer to Coronado Mall. This allowed for quick, direct access to the New Mexico State Fairgrounds, UNM, and downtown. In 2012, coinciding with the construction of the uptown Target, a second Rapid Ride stop was constructed at Indian School Road & Louisiana Blvd. This bus stop included a bus shelter, and finally created direct bus access to and from Coronado Mall. Routes 8, 34, and 157 do not stop directly in front of ABQ Uptown, but rather at the Uptown Transit Center two blocks away. Commuter routes 6 and 12 also stop on Indian school in front of the center, but only have two westbound trips in the morning, and two eastbound trips in the evening.