Tanglewood Mall

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Coordinates: 37°13′44.4″N 79°58′37.1″W / 37.229000°N 79.976972°W / 37.229000; -79.976972

Tanglewood Mall
Location Roanoke, Virginia
Address 4420-A Electric Rd
Opening date 1973[1]
Developer T.D. Steele[2]
Owner Urban Retail Properties
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 788,600 square feet[3]
No. of floors 2

Tanglewood Mall is a shopping mall in southwest Roanoke County, Virginia. It originally opened for business March 28, 1973. The mall is currently managed by Urban Retail Properties.

Tanglewood Mall is located at the intersection of US 220 and Route 419. The Roy L. Weber Expressway's southern terminus is the exit with 419.


Tanglewood Mall parking lot and sign, in 2003.
A "dead" wing of Tanglewood Mall, in 2004, before renovations began.

When Tanglewood Mall opened in 1973, the original anchor stores were J. C. Penney, Leggett (now Belk), Woolco, Miller & Rhoads, and G.C. Murphy. The mall's interior contained dark parquetry floors, tinted glass, modern lighting, and three large fountains.

G.C. Murphy left Tanglewood Mall in 1979. Following this departure, the space was reconfigured into a food court. Woolco closed its Tanglewood location in 1983, and the space was renovated to create a Brendle's catalog showroom. Another notable feature of Tanglewood Mall was known as The French Quarter, which was designed to look like a French village, with boutiques including a gourmet market and restaurant, called Pappy's.

The interior was renovated in 1985 following the opening of Valley View Mall, which swept away much of the 1970s-style decorative details, replacing them with softer colors, and Mediterranean tile, as well as a passenger elevator.

Miller & Rhoads closed in 1989, with its space being sub-divided among smaller stores.[4] Goody's Family Clothing was added in 1995 in the former French Quarter space, and Stein Mart joined the same year.[5]

In 1998, a 10-screen outparcel cinema opened,[6] and in 2005 even got a satellite of a Roanoke Science museum entitled "Baby Dinosaurs at the Mall".[7]

Renovations (2005-2007)[edit]

The mall began renovations and construction in 2005, a process that continued until 2007. According to mall marketing manager Rebecca Spaid, the mall was reconfigured to make space for "several new tenants," as well as refreshing the appearance of the mall's interior and exterior.[8]

A.C. Moore opened in February 2006, ahead of the proposed construction schedule. AC Moore had opened in a section of previous storefronts. Then the TJMaxx renovated the former Brendle's space and relocated in April. Nearby in-line space was also converted to two more junior anchors, one which was Staples.[9] The third "box", the only that opened into the mall corridor was vacant until Stein Mart moved in. In 2013, Furniture Warehouse moved into the former original Stein Mart location.[10]

Steve and Barry's opened in October 2006, occupying approximately 48,000 square feet (4,500 m2) on the second level which includes the second level of the former T.J. Maxx space and the virtually empty food court, as well as a several storefronts. The few tenants that had remained in the food court, including Chick-Fil-A, have since re-located within the mall.[11] On 18 September 2006, Chick-fil-A held its grand-reopening in a new location on the upper-level, after a soft reopening 16 September.

Kroger, an outparcel, finished renovating its interior and exterior; its new front would "better highlight the company’s selection of fresh foods."[12] The renovations were also in anticipation of a Ukrops opening in 2007 a short distance away.

Mall marketing manager Rebecca Spaid commented, "Here We GROW Again is our theme for 2006 as construction gives Tanglewood Mall a facelift. With the addition of new tenants coupled with the relocation of popular tenants, we sport a fresh look and better opportunities to serve our customers."[12] Despite the opening of Cheeburger Cheeburger, Tanglewood still features many vacancies, such as the newly vacated Goody's and Steve & Barry's. Together, the two stores occupied most of the upper level. The Goody's store became a branch of Miller-Motte Technical College in 2010.[13] Even though the mall doesn't have as many stores as Valley View it still keeps up foot traffic.

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