White Flint Mall
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|Location||North Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.|
|Address||11301 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20895|
|Opening date||March 7, 1977|
|No. of stores and services||125 (122 vacant)|
|No. of anchor tenants||1 (2 vacant)|
|Total retail floor area||800,000 sq ft (74,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||3 of retail (Lord & Taylor on 2; former Bloomingdale's on 4)|
The mall opened in 1977 and was initially anchored by Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, and I. Magnin. Borders Books and Music took over the I. Magnin location in 1992; it closed in 2011. The inside of the mall was made up of themed districts; the faux city streets of Georgetown and an Italian marketplace known as Via Rialto which ran beneath I. Magnin from the main entrance to the center court where Bertucci's and Cheesecake Factory later stood, and Restaurant Row, home to Intermission Nightclub and Dining Disco in the late 70s. Other restaurants and fast food vendors populated the mall including the food court The Eatery which went through multiple changes as well as the third floor loft overlooking the center court. White Flint was the first mall to issue its own credit card to frequent shoppers. The fountain under the mirrored escalators in the Via Rialto was removed after the closing of I. Magnin. The last two fountains, which were located in front of the Otis inground glass hydraulic elevators, were removed during a 2004 center court facelift. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the mall released its own Monopoly game entitled "White Flint-opoly". One oddity about the closure of Borders on April 17, 2011 was the sign that remained in front of the escalator leading to its permanently shuttered entrance that read "Temporarily Out of Service". Over the years major celebrities have appeared at the mall like Donna Karan and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as minor and local stars like the cast of MTV's The Real World: D.C., Brigitte Burdine, Andrea Mitchell and Paula Marshall.
In November 2011, Lerner Enterprises announced plans to deconstruct the 850,000-square-foot mall and its large parking deck and replace it with four office buildings, a 300-room hotel, 1 million square feet of retail and restaurant space, and 12 apartment buildings consisting of a total of 2,500 residences. The developers expected construction to begin two years following approval. The project would take approximately 25 years to be fully completed.
On January 5, 2012, Macy's Inc. announced that the mall's Bloomingdale's store would close in March 2012.  Bloomingdale's closed on March 14 2012, and the building it occupied was demolished in 2013 prior to the mall's closure.
On December 24, 2013, WJLA-TV reported that White Flint Mall will permanently close after nearly 37 years. On August 13, 2014, Dave & Busters was evicted, leaving only Lord & Taylor, a jewelry store and P. F. Chang's China Bistro.
- Ruoff, Alex. "Plan envisions White Flint Mall becoming a "town"". North Bethesda development would create community of apartments, retail and more. gazette.net. Archived from the original on 2011-11-22. Retrieved 21 November 2011.