The “Live 360° Indoor Farmer’s Market” kicks off on Saturday (June 10) and will feature freshly baked breads, plants, flowers, jams, jellies, honey, specialty dips, and gluten-free items. There will also be musical performances and demonstrations by local artists.
“Our leasing team is actively pursuing another retailer for this location and we will announce it when details are confirmed,” said Rachelle Crain, a spokeswoman for the mall.
Williams-Sonoma, a specialty home goods retailer selling high-end cookware, food items and kitchen products, emailed local patrons this month altering them that the Wellington store would be closing. The store is tentatively set to close on Jan. 16, an employee who answered the phone said Monday.
The company also has locations in Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton.
The Wellington store is one of two William-Sonoma locations set to close next month. The company’s store at the Mall of America in Minnesota will also close on Jan. 16, according to The Pioneer Press.
You’re not alone. Yes, I’m talking to you, the person who is looking for a way home that doesn’t take you past a shopping mall. Or a way to your doctor’s appointment that won’t lead you along a street where cars will be stacked up in a right-turn lane to get to JC Penney’s.
I used to work at a mall. I was an assistant manager at Picture People at the Mall at Wellington Green while in college, and during the holidays I often walked 10 or 15 minutes from a distant parking space to the store.
And that was after I sat in traffic for 20 or 30 minutes just trying to find a parking space to begin with.
So I know all too well the pain of struggling to navigate traffic around a shopping mall during the holidays. That’s why I’ve put together this list of side roads and alternate routes to help you get around the deadlock.
All of these routes are going to take you a little out-of-the-way. But if you time it just right, you’ll save yourself the headache of sitting bumper-to-bumper with other frustrated drivers who just want to get home.
Check out my suggestions, then comment to share your ideas.
This is a great destination shopping area — but if you want to avoid it altogether, that could be difficult. Suggested routes: Military Trail to Kyoto Gardens Drive, then take Alternate A1A north to Donald Ross Road or south to Burns Road.
This area is surrounded by development, so there’s still quite a bit of potential for congestion, even on side roads. Suggested routes: Use either Village Boulevard or Australian Avenue to travel north and south and avoid the stretch of Palm Beach Lakes directly to the south of the mall, where most people access the shopping area’s parking lots.
I have a particular soft spot for these options, because I use them quite frequently. Suggested routes: If heading or coming from the west, use Stribling Way and State Road 7; if heading or coming from the east, use a combination of Lyons Road, Stribling Way and State Road 7.
This can be a little tricky; similar to the Palm Beach Outlets, the Boynton Beach Mall has seen a surge in surrounding development in recent years, especially with the addition of more homes in Renaissance Commons. If you don’t need to drive near this mall during the holidays, don’t. Suggested routes: For east-west travel, use Gateway Boulevard to the north or Boynton Beach Boulevard to the south. For north-south travel, take either Lawrence Road or head east of I-95 to take Seacrest Boulevard. (Again, these routes aren’t for people in a rush — just for those who want to avoid that bumper-to-bumper traffic you inevitably find near malls around the holidays.)
This area is a great destination shopping spot — along the lines of the Gardens Mall. It also happens to offer some of the more direct routes that let you get around it. Suggested routes: For north-south travel, take either Powerline Road or Military Trail. Just keep in mind that Military does not intersect with Glades Road, so if you need to get onto I-95 or Florida’s Turnpike, you may want to head St. Andrews Boulevard, which borders the mall south of Glades but saves you the trouble of going too far north or south. For east-west travel, take either Palmetto Park or Yamato roads.
Now it’s your turn: Comment to share your thoughts on holiday shopping traffic and how you try to avoid it each year.
The “Oh, So Simple Rewards” program gives shoppers a $10 reward every time they spend $250 – whether it’s for one purchase or several together – at the mall’s stores and restaurants.
Oh, So Simple Rewards accounts can be created in person at The Mall at Wellington Green kiosks or online at ShopWellingtonGreen.com/Rewards. Shoppers can link up to 15 existing Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit or debit card accounts and log in to review transactions and check rewards balances.
As part of the second annual “Giving Day,” select retailers at the mall will be offering special deals and discounts. The promotion runs from Thursday, April 21 through Sunday, April 24.
According to a news release from the mall: Customers, shoppers and neighbors who visit ShopWellingtonGreen.com and donate to American Red Cross will receive an email donation receipt. The receipt can be used at participating retailers to receive special offers.
These are the discounts available, according to the mall’s website:
Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: Receive a free signature pretzel when you purchase Cheddar Stuffed Nuggets.
BC Surf and Sport: Buy one, get one 40% off all clothing.
Chick-fil-A: Free Chicken Sandwich with any medium side and medium beverage purchase. (Exclusion Applies: Not open on Sunday.)
Dillard’s: Receive a free 10 day foundation sample from Christian Dior, Estee Lauder, Lancome, or Clinique.
Eyes of Wellington: 20% off all in stock sunglasses and prescription eyeglass frames.
Great American Cookies: $5 off pan sized cookie cakes.
McDonalds: Free kid’s meal with any value meal purchase.
Oilicious: Receive $1 off any pure raw local honey (any size) purchase.
Perfect Oil: Free 1 oz. essential oil with the purchase of any Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser.
Things Remembered: 20% off your purchase of $20 or more. (Use code 4765.) (Exclusion Applies: Excludes clearance items.)
Yankee Candle: Free medium candle with any purchase of $25 or more. Spend $25 on any items and get any medium candle for free, including both jar and Pure Radiance collection items. (Exclusion Applies: Cannot be combined with any other specials, discounts, sales or coupons.)
Yogurbella: Receive 10% off.
925 Gemz: Free tumbled stone with every $10 purchase
The live butterfly conservatory opened in the mall’s grand court this month. The special attraction will be at the mall through April 3.
The 300-square-foot conservatory offers staff-guided tour in on-site butterfly house; information about the anatomy of the butterfly, its life cycle and ecosystem; opportunities to see a butterfly hatch from the chrysalis; and complimentary craft projects, the mall’s website says. Visitors will also get the chance to feed a butterfly, the mall said.