Chesterfield Towne Center

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Chesterfield Towne Center
Location Chesterfield County, VA
Address 11500 Midlothian Turnpike
Opening date 1975
Developer ?
Management Rouse Properties
Owner Rouse Properties
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 1,019,193 square feet[1]
No. of floors 1

Chesterfield Towne Center is an enclosed shopping mall in Richmond, Virginia. It opened in 1975 and features five anchor stores: Garden Ridge, JCPenney, Macy's, Sears and a combination TJ Maxx/HomeGoods.


Chesterfield Mall, as it was originally known, opened in 1975. Its sole original anchor was Miller & Rhoads, which became Hecht's in 1989 and is now Macy's. During the mall's initial years, traffic was sluggish, leading some to refer to it as the "Chesterfield Morgue." [2]

In 1987, the mall underwent a major renovation and expansion, adding the Hess's and Leggett-Belk anchors, a food court, a 9 screen movie theater, and the long corridor parallel to Mall Drive.[3] The mall was renamed "Chesterfield Towne Center." It began using a diamond and palm theme, and focused on attracting a more upscale customer.

Hess's closed both of its Richmond stores in 1993, selling both to Proffitt's.[4] Three years later, the store was sold again to Dillard's.[5]

In 1997, Sears opened a store at the mall, followed by JCPenney in 2001, as retailers began to flee nearby Cloverleaf Mall. Meanwhile, the Leggett-Belk store was traded to Dillards, who kept it open as a second location at the mall.[6] Hecht's also completed a modest addition during this period. Soon, Chesterfield Towne Center was the largest mall in Richmond.

In May 2008, both of the Dillard's stores closed. A Barnes & Noble bookstore filled the space left vacant by the mall's theater complex in June 2008, relocating from a freestanding store across Huguenot Road.[7] The mall also reworked its food court facade to show off the bookstore and a Red Robin, and renovated the North Entrance.

In November 2010, the former Leggett/Belk/Dillard's was replaced with Garden Ridge, and the former Hess's/Dillard's became a combination TJ Maxx/HomeGoods store in 2011.[8] These openings began a series of store openings and renovations in 2011, including renovations to American Eagle Outfitters and Old Navy, and a new Rue 21 store.[9] In December 2013, Macerich sold the mall to Rouse Properties.[10]

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