Mall at Johnson City

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The Mall at Johnson City
Location Johnson City, Tennessee, USA
Coordinates 36°20′17″N 82°22′39″W / 36.338109°N 82.377597°W / 36.338109; -82.377597Coordinates: 36°20′17″N 82°22′39″W / 36.338109°N 82.377597°W / 36.338109; -82.377597
Opening date 1970's
Management Glimcher Realty Trust
Owner Glimcher Realty
No. of stores and services 90+
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 534,873
No. of floors 2
Parking 2,885
Website mallatjohnsoncity.com

The Mall at Johnson City is an enclosed shopping mall in Johnson City, Tennessee, United States. The mall features over 90 stores and a food court. It is managed by Glimcher Realty Trust.[1] Opened in the 1970s, the mall features Dick's Sporting Goods, Belk, JCPenney, and Sears as anchor stores, with more than 90 inline tenants.

Beginnings[edit]

Construction began on the mall in the very early 1970s. When completed this one story mall was the second in the Tri Cities. The mall had two major anchors, a grocery store, drug store, a McCrory five and dime, and a movie theater.[citation needed] Several stores local to the Tri Cities area were also featured. The mall originally had the name "Miracle Mall Shopping Center".

Original 1970s anchors[edit]

Additions and new anchors[edit]

During the early part of the 1980s the mall underwent an expansion. There was a new addition built at the Sears end of the mall. This new upper level was almost as big as the original mall. It included a JC Penney[2] that had been located downtown until the 1980s and a Miller's Department Store. An addition was made to the lower level giving it access to the new upper level with escalators and an elevator. This was also the time that the mall saw an original anchor depart, but a new anchor take its place from downtown. Parks-Belk[3] left its downtown store at Fountain Square and moved into the former Britt's Department Store. Kroger also pulled out and moved into its own store across the street. Piccadilly moved into part of the old Kroger Space.

1980s anchors[edit]

1990s[edit]

As the region continued to grow, so did the mall. The Miller's Department Store was converted to Hess's before being closed when Hess's went bankrupt. The Mall received its first renovation since it opened, featuring a new food court on the lower level at the transition to the upper level. This renovation included a new anchor store behind the mall in the space of the former theater; the initial tenant was Proffitt's. This store opened in 1992 as the now vacant Hess's store became the Proffitt's Home store for a short time. Parks-Belk was acquired by Proffitt's in late 90s and was renovated to feature a Men's, Kid's, and Home Improvement department. This resulted in the closure of the Proffitt's home store which was later leased to Goody's Family Clothing. Glimcher Reality purchased the Mall in 1996 for $44 million.[4]

1990s anchors[edit]

2000s[edit]

In 2006 Proffitt's was acquired by Belk and resulted in a change in the dual anchors. Belk was once again a dominant retailer in the Tri-Cities following the conversions.

Recently, there have been a series of major additions and expansions being undertaken. Several stores including American Eagle Outfitters and GameStop were relocated from the lower level as the space formerly tenanted by Kroger and Piccadilly Cafeterias was demolished to make way for Dick's Sporting Goods. The interior of the mall underwent a series of makeovers at this time as well. There was an addition to the JC Penney store, doubling its space.[5] After Dick's was finished, Goody's Family Clothing announced in late 2007 that they would not renew their lease, and they closed in January 2008.[citation needed] In February 2008, Bath and Body Works, White Barn Candle Co., Victoria's Secret, and Fanatics 101 moved into other places in the mall to make room for a new Victoria's Secret and Pink (Victoria's Secret) which took over all of the recently moved stores. Kirkland's closed during this time to make room for a Victoria's Secret temporary location. Bath and Body Works took Victoria's Secret's original spot, the White Candle Barn combined with them in the new store.

Nisas Collections opened their store in May 2008. It is located opposite Merle Norman, at the main upper level entrance of the Mall. JC Penney opened their new addition in late June 2008, and the entire store renovation was complete by late fall 2008. The entire Goody's store was then turned into a new corridor that gives access to a new wing. A Forever 21 flagship store opened in the fall of 2009. Ritz Camera closed in early 2009. GNC was moved into a temporary spot until their new permanent store opens. While the interior of the mall was receiving renovations, the roadway entrances also began to be moved and cleaned up to improve traffic flow. The Ruby Tuesday closed on January 13, 2009.

Further expansion plans include space for an additional anchor store outside the former Goody's. However, with the slowing economy it is not expected that a new anchor would be announced for some time. The former Ruby Tuesday location was combined with vacant neighboring space to make room for a new Charming Charlie store that opened early 2011.

2000s Anchors[edit]

Current Anchors[edit]

Restaurants[edit]

The quick serve restaurants in the food court include Chick-fil-A, Auntie Anne's, Crazy Tomato Express, Charley's Steakery, Great American Cookie Company, China Max, Pal's, Petro's Chili & Chips, and Tokyo Kitchen Express. Dippin Dots is located elsewhere in the mall.

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