University Town Center brings much anticipated shopping to the area!

Sarasota – When visiting it won’t take long to realize that dragging yourself away from the sugar-sand beaches of Anna Maria Island for shopping is nearly impossible! However, during times it may get a little rainy, take the day and head over to the BRAND NEW MALL in Sarasota!

The Mall at University Town Center (Mall UTC) just had it’s opening day on October 16, 2014.  The architecture of this mall is unique and attractive.  The glass brick roof keeps the mall light and bright letting the Florida sun shine through – it really compliments the fresh new mall. For us locals, it was very anticipated for the area! This multi-level, 880,000 square foot mall changed shopping for us here in Southwest Florida.

The mall which includes over 100 stores to shop, 12 places to get some food (including casual dining, fine dining and quick eats) as well as a list of upcoming events such as styling from Aveda Salon, Eye Wear Trunk Show, Designer appearance and fashion show at Dillard’s, and more!

Mall UTC  is located at 140 University Town Center Drive in Sarasota, FL 34243, which is only 30-35 minutes from AMI.  Time for some serious shopping fun!

Here is the Mall Directory:

  • 3D Crystals
  • Abby Iron Doors
  • Aerie
  • Aldo
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Ann Taylor
  • Anthropologie
  • Apple
  • Arhaus
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
  • Aveda
  • Banana Republic
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Blend Bikinis
  • Bluemercury Cosmetics & Spa – Inside Macy’s
  • BOSS
  • Brighton Collectibles
  • Brio Tuscan Grille
  • Brooks Brothers
  • Brow Art 23
  • Buckle
  • Candy Barrel
  • Champs Sports
  • Chico’s
  • Chiquinho Ice Cream
  • Chubbies
  • Cinnabon
  • Claire’s
  • Clarks
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Cosmo Nail Bar
  • Crate & Barrel
  • Dillard’s
  • Elite Home Gamerooms
  • Everything But Water
  • Express
  • Express Men
  • Fabletics
  • Fast Fix Jewelry, Watch & Phone Repair
  • Fit2Run
  • Florida Currency Exchange
  • Foot Locker / House of Hoops
  • Forever 21
  • Forever Flawless
  • Fracassi Lashes
  • Francesca’s
  • Free People
  • Gap
  • Gap Kids
  • Gelato-Go
  • GNC
  • Go! Calendars, Games & Toys
  • Godiva Chocolatier
  • Great American Cookies
  • H&M
  • Hollister
  • House of Samsonite
  • Icing
  • iFixandRepair
  • Invicta
  • Janie & Jack
  • Jetsons Clothing
  • J.Jill
  • Johnston & Murphy
  • Journeys
  • Just in Case
  • Kahwa Coffee
  • kate spade new york (Inside Dillard’s)
  • Kay Jewelers
  • Kendra Scott
  • Kids Foot Locker
  • Kona Grill
  • Le Macaron
  • LensCrafters
  • Lilly Pulitzer
  • L’Occitane
  • LOFT
  • Louis Vuitton
  • LoveSac
  • Lucky Brand
  • lululemon athletica
  • LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
  • MAC
  • Macy’s
  • Mandarin Express
  • Masterpiece Group: Keller Williams Realty of Manatee
  • Mayors / Rolex
  • Michael Kors
  • Microsoft
  • Mimmic
  • Nespresso
  • New York Jewelers
  • Nrsh
  • Oakley
  • Obsessed Boutique
  • Organic Nail Bar
  • Perfume Plus
  • Piercing Pagoda
  • PINK
  • Pottery Barn
  • Relax Spa
  • Rise Pies Handcrafted Pizza
  • Robert Graham
  • Royale
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Seasons 52
  • SEE Eyewear
  • Sephora
  • Shoe Elegance
  • Shoes Di Oggi
  • Skin Laundry
  • Soft Surroundings
  • Solstice Sunglasses
  • Soma
  • Sophie’s (inside Saks Fifth Avenue)
  • Starbucks
  • Starbucks (inside Macy’s)
  • Stuart Weitzman (Inside of Saks 5th Avenue)
  • Sunglass Hut
  • Sutra Beauty
  • Swarovski
  • Talbots
  • TeBella Tea Company
  • Tesla Motors
  • The Art of Shaving
  • The B12 Store
  • The Capital Grille
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • The Walking Company
  • TINA Stephens (Tees By Tina)
  • T-Mobile
  • Tommy Bahama
  • Tricho Salon
  • Tumi
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Vans
  • Venus Med Spa
  • Vera Bradley
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Vineyard Vines
  • Visit Sarasota County Information Center
  • White House | Black Market
  • Williams-Sonoma
  • Yankee Candle Co.
  • Zagg
  • Zales
  • Z Gallerie

Shopping at the Westfield Mall in Brandon, FL

There is fantastic shopping to be had on Anna Maria Island however some shop-a-holics need more.  Sure Anna Maria Island has lots of shopping opportunities but if you are looking for 100’s of sneakers to choose from, 100’s of different pants, shirts, blouses or Jeans then visiting anyone of our malls within an hour drive of Anna Maria Island will fill that shopping need you have.

The Westfield Mall in Brandon is a great choice.  Realize this is not to be confused with the Westfield Mall in Sarasota which is good however the Brandon location is MUCH bigger.

The Brandon Westfield Mall has several electronic stores.  The biggest being FYI which is a huge music and electronics store.  If you are looking for some great video games then hit the game stop or maybe even the APPLE store.  That’s right, there is an Apple store for all those hard to find items you may need.  The store is outfitted with lots of computers and gadgets for you to try first hand.

The major Department stores for Westfield at the time of this writing is Dick’s which is a sporting goods store, Dillards, JcPenney’s, Macy’s and Sears.  If you are looking for some more clothing and Jewelry stores then the mall will not disappoint.  Coldwater Creek, Coach bags, The Disney Store, Fossil, Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle,  Guess, Lucky Jeans, and many many more stores.   I have been told some other stores not to miss out are SEPHORA, Ann Taylor Loft and MAC cosmetics.

If you are looking for a bite to eat then there is plenty to choose from as well.  Starbucks, Cheesecake factory, Five guys a great burger joint, California Pizza kitchen and about 10 other choices.

So, with the above description I have barely dented the stores at the Brandon Mall but hopefully I have peaked your interest if you are adventures and want to leave the serenity of Anna Maria Island for a big shopping day.  If you are visiting the Brandon Mall for a specific store then be sure to visit the Mall’s information page to be sure it is there.

One last thing, another person explained going to the Brandon-Westfield mall…”you failed to describe the Euro-phobic feeling when one steps inside this palace of commerce.  The sights of shiny new things all waiting to be purchased – it gives me goosebumps!!”

Westfield Brandon Mall
459 Brandon Town Center
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 661-5100