North DeKalb Mall

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North DeKalb Mall
Location Decatur, Georgia, USA
Coordinates 33°48′31″N 84°16′34″W / 33.80861°N 84.27611°W / 33.80861; -84.27611Coordinates: 33°48′31″N 84°16′34″W / 33.80861°N 84.27611°W / 33.80861; -84.27611
Opening date July 29, 1965
Developer Scott Development
Owner Lennar Commercial Investors LLC & Sterling Organization
No. of stores and services 85+
No. of anchor tenants 2, Former Macy's
Total retail floor area 635,000 square feet (59,000 m2)
No. of floors one
Website North DeKalb Mall
Food court of North DeKalb Mall

North Dekalb Mall is an enclosed shopping mall located in Decatur, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Opened in 1965, the center currently comprises more than eighty-five stores on one level. Anchor stores include Burlington Coat Factory, Payless Home Furnishings, and Marshalls, the mall also features a food court and multiplex movie theater.


Originally and formerly called North DeKalb Center, the mall first opened July 29, 1965, with fifty-four stores; original anchor stores included Atlanta-based department store Rich's, and a Woolworth dime store.[1]

In 1986, North DeKalb Mall was expanded and renovated with two new anchor stores: department store chains Mervyn's and discount chain Lechmere.[2] The mall was also renamed Market Square at North DeKalb at this time.[3] Lechmere closed in 1989 and was replaced with the discount pharmacy chain Phar-Mor,[4] which closed in 1992 and was eventually replaced with a movie theater and Rhodes Furniture.

Mervyns shuttered all of its Georgia locations in 1997; the store at North DeKalb was replaced by an Uptons, which closed in 1999, then it became the current Burlington Coat Factory. Stein Mart was added in the early 1990s, replacing a portion of a mall wing which once housed a Spinnaker's restaurant and smaller mall stores. Old Navy was also added but later closed, becoming Ross Dress for Less. Rhodes Furniture was later Shoder Furniture for a short time before becoming Marshalls in 2010. A furniture store also replaced the old Stein Mart.

Hendon Properties, which bought the mall for $25 million (USD) in 2003, planned on bringing a Costco to the mall.[5]

On May 15, 2014, it was announced that Lennar Commercial Investors LLC, together with Sterling Organization, purchased the mall for an undisclosed amount, with plans to convert the enclosed portion to an open-air concept.[6]


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