Mall of Georgia

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Mall of Georgia
Mall of Georgia.jpg
Main entrance plaza of the Mall of Georgia
LocationGwinnett County, Georgia, USA
Opening dateAugust 13, 1999
DeveloperSimon Properties
ManagementSimon Properties
OwnerSimon Properties
No. of stores and services184
No. of anchor tenants5
Total retail floor area1,824,672 sq ft (169,517.6 m2)
No. of floors3
WebsiteMall 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. Opened in 1999 like Arbor Place Mall, it is currently the largest shopping mall in both the Atlanta Metropolitan Area and 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 the state's third Von Maur, while other major stores include Barnes & Noble, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Haverty's. 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. Mall of Georgia was built by and is still owned by Simon Property Group. A portion of the Ivy Creek Greenway runs along the shopping mall area.

History[edit]

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-screen Regal Cinemas and an IMAX Theater; 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,[3] 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 an overly competitive regional marketplace and was subsequently replaced with a brand new Belk in 2005.[4] 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 closed in 2015[5] and reopened as Von Maur in 2016.

Statue[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  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. Archived from the original on 2015-03-29. Retrieved 2007-09-24. available by subscription from HighBeam Research
  2. ^ Reserved., Simon Property Group, L.P. and/or Its Affiliates (NYSE: SPG), © Copyright 1999-2018. All Rights. "Do Business at Mall of Georgia, a Simon Property". www.simon.com. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  3. ^ DeGross, Renee (2000-08-25). "Year-old Mall of Georgia changes area economic climate". The Journal-Record. Retrieved 2007-09-24.
  4. ^ "Simon to put 13th Belk in metro Atlanta". Atlanta Business Chronicle. 2005-12-07. Retrieved 2007-11-15.
  5. ^ "Nordstrom Closing Mall of Georgia Location". www.tonetoatl.com. Retrieved 16 April 2018.

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).

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