The acquisition means [William T.] Dillard's will have eight stores in the Tampa Bay area - more than any other full-line department store chain and as many as JCPenney.
The new Dillard's are in Tampa's Eastlake Square Mall, Gulfview Square Mall near Port Richey and DeSoto Square Mall in Bradenton.
Thursday's announcement will leave Belk [Lindsey] with 29 stores in Florida, four of them in Tampa Bay. The Charlotte, N.C.-based parent Belk Stores Services Inc. has recently been retreating from Tampa Bay, closing up several stores in strip centers. The three regional mall stores sold Thursday were Belk's remaining enclosed mall properties in Tampa Bay except for a sparkling new store in Crystal River Mall.