North DeKalb Mall
|Location||Decatur, Georgia, U.S.|
|Opening date||July 29, 1965|
|Owner||Lennar Commercial Investors LLC & Sterling Organization|
|No. of stores and services||85+|
|No. of anchor tenants||3 (2 open, 1 vacant)|
|Total retail floor area||635,000 square feet (59,000 m2)|
|No. of floors||1|
|Website||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 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.
In 1986, North DeKalb Mall was expanded and renovated with two new anchor stores: department store chains Mervyn's and discount chain Lechmere. The mall was renamed Market Square at North DeKalb at this time.
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.
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.
In the spring of early 2016, the Macy's anchor closed  due to a lack of customers with actual money. North Dekalb Mall has since become the 'almost' mall of Dekalb County with Costco 'almost' becoming a store anchor for nearly a decade.  The mall's primary traffic stems from Emory University employees who use North Dekalb Mall's vast parking lots as a temporary location for ride sharing into the University. This along with limited traffic from the AMC movie theater has helped keep the mall from going completely under.
There are many potential sources for why North Dekalb Mall is in survival mode at the moment. Some residents believe that locating Cynthia McKinney's office  made it an undesirable destination for those who were not politically aligned with the former representative. Others cite the rise of online retail business, which is quickly consolidating the malls and big box stores that had been the traditional model of retail commerce for decades.
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