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by Ina Paiva Cordle

Miami, FL – Irma Castor arrived in Miami in April to begin her new job as mall manager at Dadeland Mall, but she is certainly no stranger to the world of bustling shopping centers.

Dadeland is the latest — and largest — shopping center for Castor, who has spent more than 14 years working for Simon Property Group, including 10 years in mall management, working at various centers in Texas before landing in Miami.

Dadeland, one of Miami-Dade’s first shopping malls, has come a long way since it was launched as an open-air complex in 1962. At that time, it featured 60 stores and services in 530,000 square feet of space. After expanding and renovating several times over the years, today Dadeland encompasses 1.5 million square feet and has 185 stores, including the largest Macy’s in Florida. Since 1997, Simon has held a 50 percent ownership stake in the mall and has served as its managing partner. The other 50 percent is owned by Morgan Stanley.

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