Landover is an unincorporated community in Prince George's
County, Maryland, United
States, within the census-designated place of Greater
Landover is home to the corporate
headquarters of the Giant
The community is also known for its heavy use of Go-Go
music. The Prince Georges County Sports and
Learning Complex is in Landover. Though small, Landover houses many
neighborhoods which include: Glenarden, Brightseat, Ardmore, Palmer
Park, Kentland, Dodge Park, Columbia Heights, Belle Haven,
Lansdowne, and Village Green. Metrorail
line pass through the community. Landover Hills is a separate, incorporated community a few miles
Landover is the birthplace of the late Len Bias
Metro station serves the area on the Orange Line.
I-495/95, the Capital
, crosses U.S. Highway 50
in Landover. The Beltway also has
junctions with Maryland Route 202
(Landover Road) and Brightseat Road,
which leads directly to FedExField.
Landover is a part of the Prince George's County
FedExField is a football
stadium for the Washington Redskins.
See Raljon, Maryland
The Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex
located on approximately adjacent to FedEx Field.
was the home of Landover Mall, a
premier mall owned by Lerner
. Built in 1972, it was the first enclosed mall in
the Washington, DC metropolitan area to house 4 high-end retail
anchor stores that included Garfinkelâ€™s
(owned by the May company), Woodward and Lothrop
as Woodieâ€™s), and Sears
. The mall also housed a multiplex movie
theatre located in the basement of the north east corridor of the
building. Located on the Capital Beltway and Annapolis Road, the
mall neighbored the townships of Palmer
, Brightseat, and Largo
Palmer Park, MD was the hometown of legendary Olympic boxing
champion Sugar Ray Leonard
Landover Mall was dubbed â€śBlack Flint Mallâ€ť 
a colloquialism used to describe the mallâ€™s
clientele who were the moderate to middle-income African American
families that lived in the surrounding neighborhoods. Additionally, the mall
was a parody of the more affluent, upperâ€“middle class Anglo influenced White Flint Malllocated in Bethesda, MD.
In the late 1980â€™s, crime
began to rise in the surrounding areas and
frightened shoppers and eventually helped fuel the mallâ€™s rapid
decline. The movie theatre was the first to close, followed by
three of the mallâ€™s anchor stores in the 1990â€™s. Garfinkles closed
in 1990, Woodies closed in 1995 and was replaced with a short lived
J.C. Penneys store that lasted from 1998 to 2001,
and Hecht's closed in 2002 with the opening of the Bowie Town
Center located in Bowie, MD.
The entire mall officially closed in 2003
and was subsequently demolished in 2006. Sears remains as the only
free standing store.
With arrival of FedFex Field 
in 1997, the home stadium for the Washington Redskins
the mallâ€™s parking
lot is currently used for overflowing parking. In 2007, according
to the Washington Post
, Prince George's County officials were
in the throes of developing plans to transform the area where
Landover Mall once stood. County officials propose to build luxury
townhouses, trendy stores, and office buildings. The goal of the
project is to transform the area into a residential and cultural
hub that replicates the Bowie Town Center located in Bowie, MD and the Boulevard at the Capital
Centre located in Largo, MD.
Woodmore Towne Centre, featuring Costco and
Wegmans will open in 2010 in nearby Glenarden.