Cary Towne Center

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Cary Towne Center
Logo of Cary Towne Center Mall.png
Location Cary, North Carolina, USA
Opening date 1979-02-21
Developer Seby Jones and J.W. York
Management CBL & Associates Properties
No. of stores and services 130[1]
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 1,004,210 sq. ft.[2]
No. of floors 1, some anchors 2
Parking 4,868 spaces[1]
Website Official website

Cary Towne Center is an indoor shopping mall in Cary, North Carolina managed by CBL & Associates Properties.


Originally planned in 1972, the mall was first proposed as the adjacent Cary Village Mall and Cary Village Square projects and then ultimately as a $25 million Village Center by local developers Seby Jones (who built Crabtree Valley Mall and J.W. York (who built Cameron Village). Village Center was to be a 78-acre (320,000 m2), 75 store project including 3 office buildings as well as a (never built) motel.[2] The request to rezone the area to allow construction of the mall drew much controversy from nearby residents calling themselves "Citizens for the Better Direction of Cary" who worried about increased traffic as well as the property's proximity to Cary High School, Henry Adams School and East Cary School. The group hired an attorney and pressured the town council to closely monitor the development causing York to complain that everything had to be approved "10 times".[3] Cary Village Mall opened on February 21, 1979, with 325,000 square feet (30,200 m2) of retail space anchored by Ivey's (now Dillard's) and Hudson Belk (now Belk) as well as outbuildings occupied by Big Star Markets (later Harris Teeter).

In 1991, the mall was renamed Cary Towne Center and expanded to 1.1. million square feet by then owners Richard E. Jacobs group in reaction to the proposed Crossroads Plaza "mega-mall" being planned only a mile away.[2] A food court was added along with three new anchors: Thalhimers (now Macy's),[4] JC Penney, and Sears, and the mall assumed its new moniker . Dillard's was added a year later, replacing the original Ivey's store which had been a tenant since 1979. Thalhimer's became Hecht's in 1992, which became Macy's in 2006.

On November 6th of 2013, a Dave and Buster's was opened in the mall. Sears will close its Cary Towne location in January 2015, citing continual financial struggles on the corporate level.[5]


  • Belk (160,993 sq ft (14,956.7 m2) Opened in 1979. Signed as Hudson Belk until 2010)
  • J.C. Penney (97,087 sq ft (9,019.7 m2) Opened in 1991. 1 floor, with offices on a second floor)
  • Macy's (103,515 sq ft (9,616.9 m2)., Opened in 1991 as Thalhimer's, changed to Hecht's in 1992, changed to Macy's in 2006. 2 floors.)
  • Dillard's (152,428 sq ft (14,161.0 m2) Opened in 1979 as Ivey's, expanded and reopened 1992. 2 floors.)
  • Sears (92,709 sq ft (8,612.9 m2) Opened in 1991. 1 floor)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Mall Statistics". CBL and Associates Properties. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Byrd, Tom (1994). Around and About Cary (2nd ed.). Ann Arbor, MI: Edwards Brothers. pp. 140–143. OCLC 32207886. 
  3. ^ "Group Opposes Mall Development". The Cary News. Apr 17, 1974. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Thalhimers to become Hecht's". News & Observer. November 13, 1991. pp. C9. 
  5. ^ "Sears in Cary to close in January". October 16, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 

Coordinates: 35°46′23″N 78°45′33″W / 35.773153°N 78.759087°W / 35.773153; -78.759087