A. Alfred Taubman, an industry pioneer and founder of Taubman Centers Inc., died on Friday. He was 91.
A self-made billionaire who developed his first large shopping center
in 1953, Taubman conceived of and perfected many of the planning and
design techniques that have become ubiquitous in the modern mall.
Taubman was one of the first developers of his time to view shopping
centers as more than simply real estate to be leased and drew on his
background in architecture and store planning to create some of the most
successful and upscale malls across the country, from Beverly Center in
Los Angeles to The Mall at Short Hills in Northern New Jersey.
“Alfred Taubman perfected the mall model, as is evident when you look
at the company’s luxury centers,” said Michael P. Kercheval, ICSC’s
president and CEO. “But that wasn’t enough for him. He dedicated himself
to sharing his success by giving generously to so many educational and
cultural institutions. He was a self-made man who not only lived the
American Dream, but did all that he could to help others to do so too.
He was a great citizen.”