Virginia Center Commons (VCC) is the Richmond area's third newest mall and the last to be built indoors to date (opened 1991). It is located in northern Henrico County along U.S. Route 1 near the intersection of Interstate 295. VCC is the closest mall to many parts of the Richmond region, such as Mechanicsville, Ashland, and the city of Richmond's North Side.
When VCC first opened, it siphoned off a significant amount of business from 3 other area malls: Azalea Mall, Fairfield Commons (formerly Eastgate Mall) and Willow Lawn. In the case of Azalea Mall, it took enough business away to relegate that mall to "dead mall" status and Azalea Mall was subsequently closed and demolished. It took the Sears anchor away from Fairfield Commons and sent it almost to the same point, however that mall is still open today. It also took the JC Penney anchor away from Willow Lawn and led Willow Lawn to eventually reposition itself as more of a community shopping center than a regional shopping destination.
It is one of 7 Virginia malls owned by Simon Property Group along with Apple Blossom Mall, Charlottesvile Fashion Square, Chesapeake Square, The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets, and Potomac Mills. VaCC has over 100 stores with 5 anchors and has been voted as one of Richmond's best places to shop on Richmond's magazines before the 2 outdoor malls (Stony Point & Short Pump-both opened in 2003) became more popular. There are numerous shopping centers outside VaCC, including Richmond's largest movie theater, Regal Virginia Center Stadium 20. Due to the popularity of Short Pump Town Center and Stony Point Fashion Park, Virginia Center Commons began losing tenants since Short Pump and Stony Point opened.