The Gallery at Military Circle

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The Gallery at Military Circle
Location Norfolk, Virginia
Address 880 N. Military Hwy.
Opening date 1970
Developer Harvey Lindsay Jr.
Owner Thor Equities
No. of stores and services 100+
No. of anchor tenants 4 (2 vacant)
Total retail floor area 963,000 square feet (GLA)[1]
No. of floors 1
Website http://galleryatmilitarycircle.com/

The Gallery at Military Circle, formerly Military Circle Mall, is an enclosed shopping mall in Norfolk, Virginia. Opened in 1970, it features Macy's and Ross Dress for Less, and a Cinemark multiplex movie theater.[2] The mall is managed by Thor Equities since 2002.

History[edit]

Military Circle Mall opened in 1970, developed by Harvey Lindsay Jr.[3] Original tenants included J.B. Hunter (later Thalhimers), JCPenney, Smith & Welton, and Leggett (a division of Belk), a Sheraton hotel,[4] and a 6-screen AMC Theatres multiplex.[5] Thalhimer's became Hecht's in 1992,[6] and Macy's in 2006. Smith & Welton closed in 1990.[7] Renovations in 1996 included the addition of skylights in the concourses, new entrances and a 600-seat food court.[8] AMC Theaters, located in the middle of the mall, closed in the mid-90s; a Cinemark multiplex opened a few years later in a different section of the mall.[5]

In 1998, Belk vacated the former Leggett building. A year later, then-owner Urban Retail began a renovation of the center, which included the addition of a Sears in the former Smith & Welton space, returning Sears to Norfolk after its previous store in the city closed in 1993.[9] In 2000, an 18-screen Cinemark movie theater also opened on the site of the former Leggett/Belk.[10][11] Thor Equities bought the mall in 2002[12] and renamed it The Gallery at Military Circle while continuing mall-wide renovation.[3] Ross Dress for Less opened in 2004, taking space previously occupied by a McCrory dime store.[13] A DoubleTree hotel, which had taken the former space of the Sheraton, closed about 2009 and has not reopened.[14] KB Toys filed for bankruptcy and closed in 2009, followed soon by the closing of Suncoast, and Waldenbooks stores. [15]

Sears closed its Military Circle store in March 2012 as part of a nationwide series of closings.[9] The JCPenney store at Military Circle was named as one of 33 stores JCPenney announced on January 15, 2014 would close later in the year.[16]

Other past retailers and services[edit]

Other past retailers and services over the years include:

Other current retailers and services[edit]

As of June 2014[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://thorequities.com/portfolio/military-circle
  2. ^ a b Store Directory for Mall
  3. ^ a b http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=VP&p_theme=vp&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0F5E14F95B77F512&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM
  4. ^ TheMallManac.com
  5. ^ a b AMC Theaters at CinemaTreasures.org
  6. ^ http://articles.dailypress.com/1991-11-13/news/9111130351_1_hampton-roads-hecht-thalhimers-stores
  7. ^ http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=VP&p_theme=vp&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EAFF34B6FA21543&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM
  8. ^ http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=VP&p_theme=vp&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EAFF9E78B4CBEEC&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM
  9. ^ a b http://hamptonroads.com/2012/01/sears-closing-raises-concern-vitality-military-circle
  10. ^ Cinemark 18 at Cinematreasures.org
  11. ^ http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=VP&p_theme=vp&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EAFFB4A694ECC4B&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM
  12. ^ http://hamptonroads.com/2010/10/cloudy-forecast-gallery-military-circle
  13. ^ http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=VP&p_theme=vp&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=101DE621606BE14A&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM
  14. ^ Closed DoubleTree Hotel in Norfolk is Purchased, the Virginian-Pilot, Aug. 19, 2010
  15. ^ Military Circle Mall History at MallHistory.com
  16. ^ http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2014/01/15/heres-the-list-of-the-33-stores-j-c-penney-is-closing/?mod=yahoo_hs

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 36°51′07″N 76°12′22″W / 36.852°N 76.206°W / 36.852; -76.206