Taubman Centers, Inc. is an American real estate investment trust headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The company invests in shopping centers, and is a subsidiary of Simon Property Group since 2020.
The company was founded in 1950 by A. Alfred Taubman. In 1953, it opened its first shopping center, North Flint Plaza, in Flint, Michigan. In 1964, the company opened its first enclosed mall, Southland Mall, in Hayward, California. In 1973, the company was incorporated as Taubman Centers, Inc. In 1987, the company sold Southridge Mall, in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. In 1992, the company became a public company via an initial public offering. In 1997, the company sold Queens Center to Macerich. In 1998, the company sold The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, Hilltop Mall, Marley Station, Meadowood Mall, Lakeforest Mall, Briarwood Mall, Stoneridge Shopping Center, The Falls Mall, and Columbus City Center to GM Pension Trust. The company continued to manage the properties until 2003 when they were sold again.
In 2000, the company traded Lakeside Mall Rodamco for full ownership of Twelve Oaks. In 2003, Simon Property Group attempted to acquire the company via a hostile takeover. In 2011, the company transferred The Pier Shops at Caesars to its lenders. In January 2012, Regency Square in Richmond, Virginia, was surrendered to creditors to avoid foreclosure. In January 2014, the company sold Arizona Mills and land for the proposed The Mall at Oyster Bay to Simon Property Group. In October 2014, the company sold The Mall at Partridge Creek, MacArthur Center, Northlake Mall, The Mall at Wellington Green, Stony Point Fashion Park, The Shops at Willow Bend, and Fairlane Town Center to Starwood Capital Group. In April 2015, the founder, Alfred Taubman, died at the age of 91. In March 2016, in a joint venture with Macerich, the company acquired Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri, for $660 million. In October 2020, Taubman sold Stamford Town Center for $20 million.
In February 2020, the company agreed to be acquired by Simon Property Group. This would have ended family control but the Taubman family will retain an ownership stake in its malls. In June 2020, Simon announced that it terminated the merger agreement with Taubman, before reversing its decision and modifying certain terms of the original merger agreement, including a modified purchase price of $43.00 per share in cash in November 2020. The merger closed in December 2020.