Ansley opened in 1964, sending Midtown Atlanta's Tenth Street shopping district into decline. The single-level center had 175,300 square feet (16,290 m2) of leasable area and was anchored by a 27,300-square-foot (2,540 m2) Woolworth's variety store and 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) Colonial supermarket. The tenant list of the 3.2-million-dollar complex included twenty-six retailers.
It was a "twin" of what is now officially called the Crossroads Shopping Center, better known by its name in its heyday, Stewart-Lakewood Center, an open-air shopping center on Metropolitan Parkway (formerly Stewart Avenue) at Langford Parkway (formerly Lakewood Freeway) in the Sylvan Hills neighborhood of southern Atlanta. Stewart-Lakewood was built in 1962 by the same company and in the same style as Ansley and was also considered a major regional retail center.
The mall was renovated in 2010, the works carried out by Earthstation.
Anchors include Publix supermarket, an LA Fitness gym, a CVS Pharmacy and a Pier One. It is owned by Selig. The Ansley Mall area rivals the intersection of 10th and Piedmont as the most popular gathering spot for gay men in Atlanta - across Clear Creek is Ansley Square, a strip mall with more gay-centric spaces.
- Tommy H. Jones, "Margaret Mitchell House: Historical Context"
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- Page on Mall Hall of Fame (blog)
- "Major retail center statistics", U.S. Census Bureau, 1963
- Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events, 1940s-1970s, Harold H. Martin, p.307
- "Portfolio:Ansley Mall", Earthstation website
- [Charles Bethea, "A Straight Man's Ode to Ansley L.A. Fitness", Atlanta magazine, 5/1/2009]
- "SOMETHING ANSLEY MALL TENANTS HAVE YET TO SEE", 9/2010, What Now Atlanta
- "LGBTQ Neighborhoods", Atlanta Visitor's Bureau