Landmark Mall

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Landmark Mall
Dead mall- Landmark, Alexandria, Va. (16756377203).jpg
Mall interior, 2015
Location Alexandria, Virginia
Address Duke St., Shirley Hi-way and Van Dorn St.
Opening date August 4, 1965
Closing date January 31, 2017
(Macy's: March 19, 2017)
Owner Howard Hughes Corporation
No. of stores and services 20+
No. of anchor tenants 2
Total retail floor area 675,000 square feet (62,700 m2)
No. of floors 3

The Landmark Mall (or Landmark Regional Shopping Center) was an American shopping mall. Located in a triangle formed by Duke Street (Virginia State Route 236), Shirley Highway (I-395), and Van Dorn Street (Virginia State Route 401) in Alexandria, Virginia, the mall opened in 1965 and closed its doors temporarily for renovation into an "urban-town" on January 31, 2017.


The mall opened on August 4, 1965, with Virginia Lt. Gov. Mills E. Godwin, Jr. cutting the ceremonial ribbon.[1] It was the first mall in the Washington D.C. area to feature three anchor department stores; the Hecht Company (now Macy's) (163,000 sq ft), Sears and Roebuck (236,000 sq ft), and Woodward & Lothrop (later JCPenney, then Lord & Taylor, now vacant) (151,000 sq ft).[2] By that time of its opening, it had 32 stores in the 675,000-square-foot (62,700 m2) center including Bond Clothes, Casual Corner, People's Drug Store, Raleigh Haberdasher, Thom McAn, and Waldenbooks.[3] The center also included the second location of S&W Cafeteria in the Washington D.C. suburbs.

Originally an outdoor mall, it was enclosed in 1990.[4][5]

In 2006 the mall's owner, General Growth Properties, announced its plan to convert the mall to an open-air "town center" shopping center.[6][4] The plans were not realised.

Howard Hughes Corporation became the new owner in 2009.[4] Lord & Taylor announced in May the same year that it would be closing its store at the mall.[7]

The Howard Hughes Corporation showed it plan to transform the site into an 'urban town' in 2013. The plan would turn the mall into an outdoor center with retail and residential facilities.[4][8]

By October 2015, the two anchors stores in the mall were Sears and Macy's. The mall had numerous hair salons and furniture stores. The old Lord & Taylor also remained unoccupied. Unused by customers, the Lord & Taylor & J.C. Penney parking garage was leased out to car dealerships for storing new cars.

In June 2013, Alexandria City Council approved the plans to redevelop the mall.[5]

On January 4, 2017, Macy's announced it would close its Landmark Mall store in 2017.[9] Subsequently, Landmark Mall owners notified tenants they were to vacate by January 31, 2017, indicating that approved redevelopment is imminent. [10] [11] At final build out, Landmark will transform into a walkable, mixed-used urban village will bring approximately 317,000 square feet of modern shops and restaurants along with up to 400 new residential units and an updated parking structure. In addition to the new retail and residences, the new Landmark will be an open-air community destination featuring multiple plazas and green spaces, outdoor seating, seasonal entertainment and public art. There will be numerous full-service and fast-casual dining options, and a 10-screen luxury cinema. [12]


  1. ^ "Sears, Hecht Stores Open in Alexandria Almidst Music, Bargains, Traffic Jams," by Ruth Wagner and Larry Weckley, The Washington Post, Times Herald, 5 August 1965, p. F1
  2. ^ "New Area Center to Get 3 Major Stores," by S. Oliver Goodman, The Washington Post, Times Herald, 22 September 1963, p. E8
  3. ^ "Sears, Hecht Open New Stores Today," The Washington Post, Times Herald, 4 August 1965, p. E8
  4. ^ a b c d "Landmark Mall Redevelopment: Residents Hopeful". 9 April 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Landmark Neighborhood Braces for Drastic Redevelopment". Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Moving a Landmark Into a New Era: Plans to Convert the Historic Mall Into an Open-Air Center Are Getting Revived," by Daniela Deane, 24 January 2008, p. VA12
  7. ^ V. Dion Haynes, "Lord & Taylor to Leave Troubled Mall," The Washington Post, 30 May 2009
  8. ^ "Landmark Mall Redevelopment". City of Alexandria. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Landmark Mall Macy's among those closing". 4 January 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "Store Owners Say They've Been Asked to Vacate Landmark Mall". Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
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  12. ^ "Home". 9 January 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 

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Coordinates: 38°48′58.3″N 77°7′54.1″W / 38.816194°N 77.131694°W / 38.816194; -77.131694