Crossroads Plaza (North Carolina)

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Crossroads Plaza is an outdoor shopping center located in Cary, North Carolina, United States. The shopping center was opened in 1992 and has been added onto and renovated several times since then. It contains over 70 stores, including national chains and locally-owned stores.[1]


The Crossroads site comprises 237 acres (96 ha) and was originally developed by NCNB (now Bank of America), acting as trustee for the Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio,[2] as a commercial development with an enclosed shopping mall plus 250,000-square-foot (23,000 m2) of non-retail space including a corporate park and hotel. NCNB enlisted LJ Hooker Corporation, who was embarking on an ill-fated plan to build malls across the United States, to develop the mall on 87.7 acres (35.5 ha) at the northern end of the site.

Hooker filed plans in 1988 for a $240 million regional mall with 1,350,000-square-foot (125,000 m2) of retail space on two levels, five department stores ranging from 80,000-square-foot (7,400 m2) to 200,000-square-foot (19,000 m2), a 65-foot (20 m) tall glass-roofed center court enclosing 1.5-acre (6,100 m2), and 6,853 parking spaces.[3] The planned development would have increased Cary's tax base by 18%. Site clearance and road work began, but construction was halted when a national recession forced the company to declare bankruptcy in late 1989.

The Crossroads Mall site was soon purchased by New Market Development. In 1990, they filed drastically changed plans. Instead of an enclosed mall at the center of the site, they proposed a 628,610-square-foot (58,400 m2) power center with 11 big-box anchors and a few smaller shops lining the edge of the site and 3,458 parking spaces at the center.[4] Although the new proposal had half as much retail space, it was very large for an outdoor retail center at the time.

The plaza opened in 1991 with anchors including Toys "R" Us, Uptons department store, Stein Mart, Bookstar, Pet Depot, Marshalls, REI, OfficeMax, Home Quarters Warehouse, and Phar-Mor. Service Merchandise opened after the grand opening.[5]

Several of the original anchors have changed. Bookstar shut after acquisition by Barnes & Noble, and others have gone bankrupt: Home Quarters was replaced with Dick's Sporting Goods and Bed Bath & Beyond, Phar-Mor was replaced by Best Buy, Service Merchandise was replaced by DSW, Inc. and A.C. Moore, and Uptons was replaced with Old Navy.


Other anchors were built within the original Crossroads parcel, but opened outside the original New Market Development-built plaza:

Surrounding shopping area[edit]

Since Crossroads was built, several adjacent or nearby shopping centers have been established. These surrounding centers have grocery stores or discount stores as anchors, though they also include competitors of anchors of Crossroads itself. Cary Towne Center, built in 1979, is approximately 1-mile (1.6 km) from Crossroads Plaza down Walnut Street.


  1. ^ "Crossroads Plaza, Cary, NC: Store Directory". Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  2. ^ Reitman, Valerie (Oct 19, 1985). "NCNB Planning Cary Development". Charlotte Observer. p. 9D. 
  3. ^ Arnold M. Gitten AIA for LJ Hooker Developments. "Crossroads Park Mall, Site Plan" (PDF). Site/Subdivision Plans, Crossroads Mall Flyover - 1564. Town of Cary. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  4. ^ Withers & Ravenel, P.A. "Crossroads Plaza - Site Data" (PDF). Site and Subdivision Plans - Crossroads Mall Flyover - 1564. Town of Cary. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Byrd, Tom (1994). Around and About Cary (2nd ed.). Ann Arbor, MI: Edwards Brothers. p. 143. OCLC 32207886. 

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Coordinates: 35°45′40″N 78°44′17″W / 35.760983°N 78.738102°W / 35.760983; -78.738102