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Tysons Corner Center, located in the Tysons Cornermarker unincorporated area in Fairfax Countymarker, Virginiamarker, United Statesmarker (near McLeanmarker), opened to the public in 1968, becoming one of the first fully enclosed, climate-controlled shopping centers in the Washington Metropolitan Area. (The fully enclosed Iverson Mallmarker in Hillcrest Heights, Marylandmarker, opened in 1967.) It is the largest shopping mall in the state and in the Baltimore-Washington area.

History

Tysons Corner Center was one of the first super-regional malls in the country, drawing customers from a multi-state area. , the mall's four department store anchors are Nordstrommarker, Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, Macy'smarker; and a recent expansion (opened 2005) off the former JCPenney structure is anchored by a 16-screen AMC multiplex movie theater, a Barnes and Noble bookstore, and an Old Navy. Tysons Corner Center is the largest mall in the metropolitan area and the 11th largest in the United Statesmarker. A second, more upscale mall, called Tysons Galleriamarker, operates across the street from Tysons Corner Center within the Tysons II office development (with many people referring to the mall itself as "Tysons II"); it opened in 1988. To distinguish, many call the original mall "Tysons I."

From its opening until the 1990s, the mall contained a wide and diverse retail mix. Discount chain Woolworth's operated a store in the mall until the entire chain went under in 1997. Hot Shoppes cafeteria also occupied space in the mall until 1998. These types of stores shared space with higher-end tenants such as Liz Claiborne and A/X Armani Exchange. In the 2000s, however, the mall has been re-tenanted with more upscale stores, reflecting the demographics of the surrounding area, and has served as the primary launchpad location for a number of successful retail chains. LL Bean opened its first full line department store outside of its Freeport, Maine headquarters in 2000. Apple opened the first of its retail stores at Tysons in 2001. Martin + Osa and Cusp by Neiman Marcus opened in 2006. MNG By Mango made their U.S. debut at Tysons in 2006 as well. In 2007, Canadian-based clothing retailer Garage opened its first U.S. store at Tysons. Many retailers have flagship stores at the mall, including Bailey Banks and Biddle, Pottery Barn, and Victoria's Secret.
Soon after Tysons Corner Center was constructed, the land surrounding the area — which had previously consisted of farms, auto dealers, and rural residences — became prime real estate, prompting the construction of hotels, office buildings, and apartment complexes. Some of the major retailers near Tysons Corner Center include Borders Books & Music, Crate and Barrel, Tiffany & Co., Hermes Parismarker, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci, some of whom are located in Fairfax Square.

Originally, the mall consisted of 1.2 million square feet (110,000 m²) on one level, three department stores (Hecht's, Lansburgh's, and Woodward & Lothrop), and 100 specialty stores, including Jelleff's. In 1988, the mall was expanded to add a bottom floor, at which time Lord & Taylor and Nordstrom opened; this was the first Nordstrom east of the Mississippi River. Today, the mall has 2.1 million square feet (195,000 m²) of retail space on three levels, 16 movie screens, and nearly 300 stores. As part of the upcoming "Tysons Future" renovation and expansion plans, a glass elevator has been added to the Fashion Court (where the Nordstrom wing meets the main mall hallway), which opened on November 28, 2008.

Future plans

The Washington Metromarker subway is being expanded westward to Tysons Corner and eventually to Dulles Airportmarker. The Tysons Central 123marker Silver Line station is planned to be on the north side of the shopping center where Tysons Boulevard crosses State Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road). There will be four stations in the Tysons Corner area. Utility relocation for the project began in 2008.

The Macerich Company is developing Tysons Corner Center into a community location. There will be expansions for residential and commercial buildings, along with a hotel. There will also be slight expansions to the mall itself. The project will be completed in four stages and it is expected to be finished in 10 to 15 years, adding of office, residential, and retail space.

Anchors

  • AMC Theatres (105,122 sq ft., 16 screens) – opened 2005
  • Barnes & Noble (33,854 sq ft. on 2 floors) – opened 2005
  • Bloomingdale's (255,888 sq ft. on 3 floors with a small basement) – opened 1976
  • H&M (23,516 sq ft. total, H&M - ., H & M Men's - 7,650 sq ft.) – opened 2005
Inside Tysons Corner Center
  • Lord & Taylor (119,500 sq ft. on 2 floors) – opened 1990
  • L.L. Bean (75,778 sq ft. on 2 floors) – opened 2000
  • Macy'smarker (237,076 sq ft. on 3 floors) – opened 1968 (was Hecht's until 2006)
  • Nordstrommarker (200,000 sq ft. on 3 floors) – opened 1988
  • Old Navy (15,705 sq ft.) – opened 2005
  • Pottery Barn (17,294 sq ft.) – opened 2007


See also



References

  1. Apple Nearing Milestone Opening


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