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

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 has been managed by Thor Equities since 2002.


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]


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  2. ^ Store Directory for Mall
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  5. ^ a b AMC Theaters at
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  10. ^ Cinemark 18 at
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  14. ^ Closed DoubleTree Hotel in Norfolk is Purchased, the Virginian-Pilot, Aug. 19, 2010
  15. ^ Military Circle Mall History at
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Coordinates: 36°51′07″N 76°12′22″W / 36.852°N 76.206°W / 36.852; -76.206