Valley Mall (Harrisonburg)

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Valley Mall
Valley Mall (Harrisonburg).jpg
Area directly in front of the Belk department store, near the mall's eastern end.
Location Harrisonburg, Virginia, U.S.
Address 1925 East Market Street
Opening date 1978
Developer General Growth Properties[1]
Management Macerich
No. of stores and services 50+
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 506,000 square feet[2]
No. of floors 1

Valley Mall is a shopping mall in Harrisonburg, Virginia, owned by Macerich and serving the Central Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia. It currently features more than 50 stores, with JCPenney, Belk, and Target serving as anchor stores.

History[edit]

JCPenney was an original anchor store, along with Watson's (later Peebles), and Leggett (now Belk).[3] A food court, called "Cafe Commons", and a Walmart store were added to the eastern end of the mall in 1991.

In 2003, Walmart's relocation to the new Harrisonburg Crossing shopping center left the Valley Mall with a large amount of vacant space. This space remained vacant through 2003 and 2004. In early 2005, the former Walmart, as well as the food court, were demolished to make way for new retail tenants. Target, Old Navy, and rue21 were constructed on the site in an outdoor format, with the enclosed mall reconfigured to end at the former food court entrance.

A Harrisonburg police officer is assigned to the Valley Mall and another local shopping center.[4] In addition, the mall and some individual stores have their own security personnel.

As is typical with shopping malls in the United States, the busiest time of the year for the Valley Mall is between Thanksgiving and Christmas, with the day after Thanksgiving being particularly busy.[5][6]

In June 2008, a break in a water main forced several stores to close until repairs could be completed.[7] A mall employee explained that stores could not open if there was no water to operate the fire sprinkler system.

In January 1999, after a controversy about fundraising by charities, the mall allocated a kiosk for charities to use.[8]

The Peebles store, vacated in 2006, became Dick's Sporting Goods in 2012.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shopping Center Directory. National Research Bureau. 1979. p. 510. 
  2. ^ "Leasing information". Macerich. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "No title". The Virginia Poultryman: 46. 
  4. ^ Reynolds, David (December 12, 2007). "Minding The Store(s). Retiring Longtime HPD Officer A Familiar Face". Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, VA). Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  5. ^ Mason, Melvin (November 29, 2003). "Shoppers Flock To Mall, Harrisonburg Crossing". Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, VA). Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  6. ^ "Black Friday" (text and video). WHSV. November 19, 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  7. ^ Jones, Jenny (June 10, 2008). "Main Break At Valley Mall Closes Most Stores". Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, VA). Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  8. ^ Puckett, Bettina (January 24, 1999). "Just Kiosk? After Kettle Flap, Mall Makes Room For Charity". Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, VA). Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  9. ^ http://www.harrisonburghousingtoday.com/blog/archives/2012/02/dicks-sporting-goods-coming-to-harrisonburg-va_1329990660/index.php?f=1

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Coordinates: 38°25′41.3″N 78°50′37″W / 38.428139°N 78.84361°W / 38.428139; -78.84361