Westfield Montgomery

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Westfield Montgomery
Montgomery Mall, view from center of mall towards Nordstrom.jpg
The Nordstrom wing, as viewed from the center of the mall in September 2011 prior to the 2013-14 renovation/expansion
Location Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Address 7101 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20817
Opening date March 6, 1968
Developer May Company and Strouse Greenberg
Management Westfield Group
Owner Westfield Group
No. of stores and services 200[1]
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 1,223,475 sq ft (113,664.5 m2)[1]
No. of floors 3 (Sears and Macy's have 2)
Parking 6,382 (Including 1 4-level deck and two 2-level decks)
Website www.Westfield.com

Westfield Montgomery (formerly Montgomery Mall) is an upscale shopping complex in Bethesda, Maryland, on Democracy Boulevard near Interstate 270 and the Capital Beltway (I-495).

Etymology[edit]

The Westfield Group purchased the mall in 1994, and added the "Westfield" prefix to the name around 1999.

History[edit]

The mall opened in March 1968, with three anchor stores and 58 smaller shops. It was built by May Company and the Strouse Greenberg Company, and designed by John Graham, Jr. and Ward and Hall.[2][3] The original anchors were Hecht's, Garfinckel's, and Sears. Smaller shops included a Bond Stores outlet. The old mall logo was an owl-shaped "M".[4] A mid-1970s expansion included a $4.5 million, 155,000-square-foot (14,400 m2) Woodward & Lothrop store and 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) of additional retail space for 40 stores.[5][6] The last renovation completed in October 1991 included new floors, brass railings, glass elevator, which was removed in 2013, and the removal of the wishing well, known as the region's very own Fountain of Bethesda.[7] The grand re-opening featured a concert by Tony Bennett. An expansion wing featured the first Nordstrom in Maryland[8] and the third in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and Crate & Barrel. The Boulevard Cafes food court is located on the second level.

On November 14, 2013 David Goldberg stabbed a man and a woman in an act of road rage at the parking deck adjacent to Sears after running a stop sign.[9]

On January 28, 2014 George Hong Sik Chin was arrested after threatening to shoot mall employees three days after The Mall in Columbia employees Brianna Benlolo and Tyler Johnson were killed in a shooting.[10]

Expansion[edit]

A plan to expand the mall by 360,000 square feet (33,000 m2) was approved by Montgomery County in September 2007. With the expansion, Westfield Montgomery will have more than 1,500,000 square feet (140,000 m2), the fourth largest mall in the Washington area behind Tysons Corner Center, Westfield Wheaton, and Fair Oaks Mall.[11]

Westfield will enlarge the Macy's, move the Sears Automotive Center and add a promenade with shops, restaurants and outdoor seating.[11] The expansion will also include a new transit center, which will consolidate many of the public bus routes in the surrounding area.[12] The expansion is expected to take 18 to 24 months to complete.[11]

On May 23, 2013, a construction worker was killed and another injured when a section of the mall's parking garage collapsed. The section, which was empty of cars, was under renovation as part of the expansion.[13]

The food court expansion began taking shape with the opening of Bobby Flay's Burger Palace on October 22, 2013 next to a brand new Cheesecake Factory which moved from its previous location at White Flint Mall on December 19, 2013.[14] A new Westfield Dining Terrace will be completed in Summer 2014 and will include the first ArcLight Cinemas outside Los Angeles and San Diego.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Westfield Montgomery". Westfield Group. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  2. ^ "Westfield Montgomery Shopping Mall History - Westfield Montgomery". Westfield.com. 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Mall Hall Of Fame". Mall-hall-of-fame.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  4. ^ "DC Grocery - Montgomery Mall". Dcgrocery.multiply.com. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Montgomery Mall Expansion Planned for Fall 1973 Opening," The Washington Post, May 2, 1971, p. 149.
  6. ^ "Store in Montgomery Mall Jammed on Opening Day," The Washington Post, Mar 26, 1976, p. D10.
  7. ^ https://www.facebook.com/groups/217785724937388/permalink/605557572826866/
  8. ^ "Annapolis Nordstrom in '93 unlikely - Baltimore Sun". Articles.baltimoresun.com. 1992-07-01. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Man Charged in Montgomery Mall Parking Garage Stabbing". NBC 4 Washington. 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  10. ^ "Man apprehended after incident at Westfield Montgomery Mall". Washington Post. 2014-01-28. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  11. ^ a b c Killian, Eric (September 21, 2007). "Montgomery Planning board approves expansion of Westfield shopping mall". Washington Business Journal 
  12. ^ Pearson, Bradford (September 23, 2009). "Mixed-use project approved near Montgomery mall". Potomac Gazette 
  13. ^ "Construction worker killed in partial collapse of Montgomery mall parking garage". The Washington Post. 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  14. ^ "Cheesecake Factory opens in Bethesda, MD.". Business Wire. 2013-12-19. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 

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Coordinates: 39°01′26″N 77°08′46″W / 39.024°N 77.146°W / 39.024; -77.146