Mall of Georgia

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Mall of Georgia
Mall of Georgia.jpg
Main entrance plaza of the Mall of Georgia °
Location Buford, Georgia, USA
Opening date 1999
Developer Simon Properties
Management Simon Properties
Owner Simon Properties
No. of stores and services 200+
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 1,786,000 sq ft (165,900 m2)
No. of floors 3
Website Mall of Georgia

Mall of Georgia is an enclosed super-regional shopping mall located in Gwinnett County, Georgia, near the city of Buford, 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Atlanta. Built in 1999, it is currently the largest shopping mall in the state of Georgia,[1] consisting of more than two hundred stores on three levels.[2] The mall's anchor stores include Belk, Dillard's, JCPenney, Macy's and Von Maur, other major stores include Barnes & Noble, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Haverty's. Also, located in the Mall of Georgia Crossing is Best Buy, Nordstrom Rack, T.J. Maxx, and Target. Also featured in the mall is a large village section, comprising lifestyle tenants and restaurants in an outdoor setting, as well as a 500-seat amphitheater. The mall attracts many high end stores such as Armani Exchange, Swarovski, Clarks, J.Crew, Guess, bebe, and Aveda.[3] Simon Property Group manages the Mall of Georgia.


The Mall of Georgia opened August 13, 1999 featuring Dillard's, JCPenney, Lord & Taylor and Nordstrom as its anchor stores, with Bed Bath & Beyond, Haverty's, and Galyan's (now Dick's Sporting Goods) as additional mini anchors.[1] The Mall of Georgia also has a 20 Regal Cinema and an IMAX Theater, which is 1 of at least 5 in the State of Georgia; other IMAX theaters are located at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, The National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning and Regal Augusta Exchange Stadium 20, AMC Southlake 24 in Morrow & IMAX in Augusta. In 2000, Atlanta-based Rich's was added on,[4] and many more mall stores were added, bringing the total number of stores in the mall to more than 200. Lord & Taylor closed their location in 2003 citing a weak and competitive regional marketplace and was subsequently replaced with a brand new Belk in 2005.[5] Following Federated Department Stores' (now Macy's, Inc.) decision to consolidate nameplates in 2003, the Rich's store at Mall of Georgia was dual-branded as Rich's-Macy's, and the Rich's name was dropped entirely in 2005. Nordstrom announced the closure of its Mall of Georgia store in October 2014,[6] and closed on Saturday February 28, 2015. Von Maur is currently renovating the 165,000-square-foot- two story anchor tenant and will occupy that space by September 17, 2016.


Junior Anchors[edit]

Detached Junior Anchors[edit]

  • Barnes & Noble

Former Anchors[edit]

  • Rich's (Opened 2000) Became Rich's-Macy's in 2004, then became Macy's in 2005
  • Lord & Taylor (Opened 1999, closed in 2003) Became Belk in 2005
  • Nordstrom (Opened 1999 closed February 2015) Became Von Maur in 2016

Former Junior Anchors[edit]

  • Galyan's (Opened 1999) Became Dick's Sporting Goods in 2004

Former Stores[edit]

  • Armani Exchange
  • United Colors of Benetton
  • Banana Republic
  • Hallmark
  • As Seen on TV
  • Kirkland's
  • Traffic Shoes

Food Court[edit]

  • Chic-fil-A
  • Taco Bell
  • Dairy Queen
  • Checkers
  • Jimmy John's
  • Great American Cookies
  • Asian Chao
  • Charleys
  • Great Wraps
  • Sarku Japan
  • Sbarro
  • Bourbon St. Cafe
  • Farmer's Basket
  • Little Tokyo


  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Red Robin

Detached Restaurants[edit]

  • P.F. Chang's
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Tin Lizzy's Cantina
  • Smokey Bones
  • Marlow's Tavern
  • Alino Pizzeria


The statue atop the mall is of Button Gwinnett, one of the first men to sign the United States Declaration of Independence and for whom its location of Gwinnett County is named.


  1. ^ a b Lloyd, Brenda (August 1999). "Mall of Georgia keeps overall theme close to home: Lord & Taylor, JC Penney's, Dillard's, Rich's, Nordstrom anchor new center". Daily News Record. Retrieved 2007-09-24.  available by subscription from HighBeam Research
  2. ^ Mall Leasing Information
  3. ^ "Mall of Georgia debuts". Retail Traffic Mag. 1999-09-01. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  4. ^ DeGross, Renee (2000-08-25). "Year-old Mall of Georgia changes area economic climate". The Journal-Record. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  5. ^ "Simon to put 13th Belk in metro Atlanta". Atlanta Business Chronicle. 2005-12-07. Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  6. ^

Charles Francis Jenkins, Button Gwinnett: Signer of the Declaration of Independence (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1926).

Harvey H. Jackson, Lachlan McIntosh and the Politics of Revolutionary Georgia (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1979).

Kenneth Coleman, The American Revolution in Georgia, 1763-1789 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1958).

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°03′55″N 83°59′05″W / 34.065411°N 83.984702°W / 34.065411; -83.984702