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Retail Therapy at Some of the Area's Best Shopping Centers

If you like indoor mall shopping – especially popular during the intense heat of summer - you won’t have to go far to indulge in a very satisfying shopping spree in beautiful settings. There are many options, some of them recently opened or refurbished.

Downtown St Petersburg for instance, is home to the popular and beautiful Sundial St Pete, now in its most recent reincarnation, where you’ll find a large selection of shops for the whole family, along with restaurants and a multi-screen movie theater.

A newcomer on the retail complex scene is Seminole City Center, which offers an all-inclusive “destination” experience with a host of shops, boutiques and restaurants.

The tried-and-true enclosed Tyrone Square Mall  has been around since 1972 but keeps re-inventing itself, keeping up-to-date with anchor stores, boutiques, restaurants and an ample Food Court.

Both locals and visitors alike still flock to the waterfront John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk where you’ll find a host of souvenir shops, locally-made goods and restaurants just before hopping on board a local cruise boat for a sunset cruise.

If you like a very casual outdoor scene, don’t miss Wagon Wheel Flea Market. The setting is nothing to write home about, but the bargains are!

Wagon Wheel Flea Market
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What started out in 1966 on a then-two-lane road has exploded into one of the area's most popular shopping venues. And while it may not be upscale or sophisticated, the fact that you can score bargains galore is a huge incentive to indulge in...  Read More

Largo Mall
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Located in Pinellas County, Largo Mall offers something for everyone with a wide selection of more than 70 shops with something for the whole family. Options range from Target, to Marshall's Bed & Bath, PetSmart, Bealls and smaller stores....  Read More

St. Petersburg
Bealls Outlet
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Name brand merchandise for the whole family can be found at this popular outlet store, which has branches throughout the state of Florida, Georgia and Arizona. You'll find shoes, clothing, accessories, jewelry, make-up and bath amenities for the...  Read More

HSN Retail Outlet
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Shopping tends to varied, fun and full or surprises at the various HSN Retail Outlet stores scattered around the area. You can find everything from make-up and health and beauty supplies to women's and men's apparel, shoes, accessories, jewelry,...  Read More

Westfield Countryside Shopping Center
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Formerly known as Countryside Mall, this refurbished popular shopping center located in Clearwater is one of the area favorites for shopping, dining and entertainment. You can shop till you drop in some 120 premium stores, designer boutiques and...  Read More

Ellenton Premium Outlets


Located about 30 miles south of St Petersburg, Ellenton Premium Outlets offer a host of tempting outlet stores where shoppers can literally shop till they drop in 130 designer and brand outlet stores for the whole family. Covered walkways lead...  Read More

John's Pass Village and Boardwalk
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A hurricane in September 1848 led to the opening of this pass, which was first discovered by pirate John Levique. The rest, as they say is history, opening the door to a quaint turn-of-the-century fishing village which has since morphed into a...  Read More

St. Petersburg
Tyrone Square Mall
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Open since 1972, Tyrone Square Mall has undergone several "face-lifts" since that time and remains one of the area's most popular shopping centers. Located just four miles from the Gulf Beaches, it houses a host of stores and is anchored by...  Read More

Seminole City Center
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The recently debuted Seminole City Center located in the heart of Seminole is more than a shopping experience, it's a "destination." Plan on spending several hours here because between the vast array of interesting shops and boutiques, you'll be...  Read More

Sundial St Pete
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You'll find enough to keep you busy for hours on end in this open-air, two-story shopping and dining center in downtown St Petersburg. Formerly known as the Shops at St Pete and Bay Walk, Sundial St Pete houses a variety of upscale shops,...  Read More


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