August 5th, 2011Mall developer Remains Bullish on International Plaza
by Mark Albright
Tampa Bay, FL – William Taubman barely made it to the grand opening of International Plaza 10 years ago.
The 9/11 terrorist attacks and an approaching hurricane made it tricky for the chief operating officer of Taubman Centers Inc., the Detroit developer that opened the mall, to travel across Florida from Miami.
A $15-a-day rental car helped him make it just in time, though the crowd was thin.
“Fortunately, we arrived too late to hear my brother sing the national anthem,” Taubman said, referring to his older brother, Robert, who heads the company that owns a 50.1 percent share of the mall.