Mazza Gallerie

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Mazza Gallerie is a retail, dining and entertainment complex in the Friendship Heights neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C.. Opened in 1978, the center is owned by TIAA-CREF and managed by Urban Retail Properties.

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The lowest four levels are an underground parking deck, labeled as Levels P1-P4. The next three levels are occupied by retail stores. The mall is anchored by Neiman Marcus, which is three levels (1-3), and a two-level Saks Fifth Avenue Men's Store (1-2)— the other departments are housed in a full-service Saks Fifth Avenue a few blocks away in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The third level of the mall houses a seven-screen AMC Theatres.[1] The complex is directly connected to one of the Western Avenue exits of the Friendship Heights Metro Station.

History[edit]

The Mazza Gallerie was an early project of Herbert S. Miller's Western Development Corporation, which later developed Potomac Mills, Georgetown Park, and Washington Harbour among others. Miller brought together property owner Olga Mazza and Stanley Marcus of Neiman Marcus with a vision for a mixed retail and residential development, but the residential component was never approved.[2]

The center did not live up to its potential, seeing high vacancy rates.[1] In June 1997, a group headed by Daniel McCaffery, who owned the Friendship Centre development across Wisconsin Avenue, acquired the center for $28 million and embarked upon a major renovation. The redesigned center opened up the marble block exterior with new windows, better lighting, and additional entrances.[3] Among the new venues were a new General Cinemas theatre and an upscale 120-seat restaurant, The R Room, owned by General Cinemas but operated by the restaurant division of Neiman Marcus. It closed in December 2000[4] and whose space has since been vacant.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mazza Gallerie homepage". 
  2. ^ Foster, LaToya (May 3, 2012). "Being Herb Miller–Washington, DC Real Estate Pioneer Committed to Giving Back". The Examiner. 
  3. ^ "Renovated Mazza Gallerie Waits for Key Tenants". Washington Business Journal. November 15, 1999. 
  4. ^ "General Cinemas' Eatery Ends Run at Mazza Gallerie". Washington Business Journal. December 18, 2000. 

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Coordinates: 38°57′35″N 77°05′09″W / 38.9597°N 77.0857°W / 38.9597; -77.0857