Gwinnett Place Mall

Coordinates: 33°57′38″N 84°07′33″W / 33.960553°N 84.125953°W / 33.960553; -84.125953
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Gwinnett Place
Gwinnett Place Mall in July of 2016
LocationDuluth, Georgia, United States
Coordinates33°57′38″N 84°07′34″W / 33.9606°N 84.126°W / 33.9606; -84.126 33.961216, -84.126236
Opening date1984 (1984)
Closing dateMarch 15, 2020 (2020-15-15)
DeveloperCadillac Fairview[1] Simon Property Group
ManagementGwinnett County
OwnerUrban Redevelopment Agency of Gwinnett County
No. of stores and services4
No. of anchor tenants4 (5 at peak)
Total retail floor area1,278,000 sq ft (118,700 m2)
No. of floors2
Public transit accessGwinnett Transit Center

Gwinnett Place Mall is a largely vacant shopping mall located in the Pleasant Hill Road corridor of Duluth, Georgia, in the United States. Once the leading mall in the region, the mall centrered on one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation, until the openings of Mall of Georgia in Buford and Sugarloaf Mills in Lawrenceville. It was used as the Starcourt Mall filming location for the third season of Netflix's Stranger Things.


Original anchor tenants upon opening in 1984 were Rich's, Davison's and Sears. Mervyn's later joined the mall, and Davison's was changed to Macy's. Parisian then joined the mall anchoring a northwest wing. J. C. Penney took over the Mervyn's place in 1984 and closed in later that year after a mall fire, with Beauty Master taking over in 2016. Macy's and Rich's merged in 2003 to form Rich's-Macy's until 2005 when the name was changed to Macy's. With two Macy's in the mall, the former Davison's closed and in 2010 reopened as the first MegaMart in the U.S. In 2007, Parisian was renamed Belk, which closed in 2013.[2]

The mall was challenged by the openings of the Mall of Georgia in 1999 and Sugarloaf Mills in 2001, and lost a large part of its customer base. The mall also failed to attract any new anchor stores for several years. In 2008, Gwinnett Technical College opened an International Education Center in the mall, where students take foreign language classes. Many of the mall's store fronts and food court vendors are empty and up for lease. The downturn of the mall in 2013 led to the closure of Belk and Simon Property Group losing the mall to foreclosure, where it was acquired by Moonbeam Capital Investments LLC. JCPenney closed on April 4, 2015, and Beauty Master purchased the former JCPenney building in March 2016. Beauty Master opened on August 4, 2016.[3]

In December 2017 the body of a 19-year-old woman was found in a back room of the food court, where it had gone unnoticed for weeks. In January 2018, two mall employees were robbed and assaulted in the Macy's parking lot, and in March 2018, a 32-year-old female was arrested for indecent exposure, solicitation of prostitution, and possession of heroin and cocaine in the Sears parking lot.[4] On May 31, 2018, it was announced Sears would shutter as part of an ongoing decision to eliminate its brick-and-mortar format.[5][6]

In late February 2019, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Gwinnett Daily Post reported that sports developer CricRealty intends to redevelop the Gwinnett Place Mall site to build a mixed-use development anchored by a 20,000-seat cricket stadium.[7][8]

On December 15, 2020, officials from Gwinnett County's Urban Redevelopment Agency agreed to purchase the 39-acre Gwinnett Place Mall site from Moonbeam Capital Investments LLC for $23 million.[9] Several tenants, including Macy's, Mega Mart and Beauty Master, own their own property. The sale closed in April 2021 but plans for the site were not disclosed.[10]

On February 28, 2023, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners announced a revitalization strategy focusing on housing, mobility and greenspace in response to feedback from the public. The Gwinnett Place Mall Site Revitalization Strategy will take place over the next 20 years.[11]

In popular culture[edit]

The third season of Stranger Things was filmed in the mall. Authentic signage and storefronts were returned through a cosmetic restoration of a portion of the Gwinnett Place Mall, to represent many businesses that have since ceased to exist. The transformation took place during May 2018, with production of the series taking place in the mall during the subsequent summer months.[12][13][14] After filming concluded, the Starcourt Mall set was dismantled in the summer of 2019 to prevent fans from vandalizing the set to steal souvenirs.[15]


  1. ^ Kempner, Matt. "Kempner: Gwinnett Place's first manager staggered by mall's decline". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  2. ^ Green, Josh; Atlanta, Curbed. "Gwinnett Place: The Long, Slow Death of a Suburban Mall". Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  3. ^ Yeomans, Curt. "BeautyMaster opening new Gwinnett Place Mall location this week". Gwinnett Daily Post. Retrieved 2020-12-15.
  4. ^ Matt Kempner, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Kempner: Body unnoticed in Atlanta area mall for weeks? A mall fades". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  5. ^ Smith, Aaron (31 May 2018). "Is your Sears or Kmart closing? Check the list". CNNMoney.
  6. ^ Coyne, Amanda C.; Becca J. G. Godwin, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Sears closing 3 'non-profitable' metro Atlanta stores". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  7. ^ Estep, Tyler (February 26, 2019). "Gwinnett Place Mall might be sold — and become a cricket stadium?". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  8. ^ Yeomans, Curt (February 26, 2019). "Media report: Gwinnett Place Mall may be sold, converted to cricket stadium". Gwinnett Daily Post. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  9. ^ Kass, Arielle; Journal-Constitution, The Atlanta. "BREAKING: Gwinnett County to buy Gwinnett Place Mall". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2020-12-15.
  10. ^ Kass, Arielle. "County closes on $23 million Gwinnett Place mall purchase". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  11. ^ Nunez, Gabriella. "Gwinnett Place Mall to get a facelift". Retrieved 2023-07-13.
  12. ^ Coming Soon: The Starcourt Mall! Hawkins, Indiana (Stranger Things Season 3 Teaser |
  13. ^ Gwinnett Place Mall Transformed for 'Stranger Things' Season 3 |
  14. ^ Ho, Rodney (May 11, 2018). "Gwinnett Place Mall goes back to the future for 'Stranger Things'". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  15. ^ Ho, Rodney (July 10, 2019). "'Stranger Things' dismantling what's left of Starcourt Mall at Gwinnett Place Mall". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved August 2, 2019.

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