North Point Mall

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North Point Mall
North Point Mall, Alpharetta, Georgia.JPG
LocationAlpharetta, Georgia, USA
Opening dateOctober 20, 1993; 25 years ago (1993-10-20)
DeveloperHomart Development Company
ManagementBrookfield Properties Retail Group
OwnerBrookfield Properties Retail Group
No. of stores and services138
No. of anchor tenants4
Total retail floor area1,327,313 sq ft (123,000 m2).
No. of floors2
Parking7,400
WebsiteNorth Point Mall
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North Point Mall is a shopping mall, located in Alpharetta, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta). The mall opened on October 20, 1993[2] as one of the largest shopping malls in the country. The mall was the second final property built by Homart Development Company. As of 2018, North Point Mall is one of Atlanta's most popular malls.

The mall's anchor stores are Dillard's, JCPenney, Macy's, and Von Maur.

History[edit]

The mall opened with space for 6 anchor stores, of which 5 were occupied: Rich's, Lord & Taylor, Mervyn's, JCPenney, and Sears. One of the more distinctive elements of the mall was the Rich's store, which was designed with numerous distinctive historical elements and a more elaborate design to pay tribute to its lost flagship store in downtown Atlanta, which had closed only two years earlier. Though it became a Macy's in 2005, the outside of the store retains the elaborate sculptings of the original store.

Mervyn's vacated in December 1995 and Dillard's filled the 6th pad on the east side of the mall the following year. A large parking deck was also constructed next to Dillard's. Parisian took the Mervyn's space, making the mall more upscale.

In 2005, Lord & Taylor closed its 115,000 sq ft (10,700 m2). store at the mall leaving a vacant anchor.

Parisian vacated in September 2007, after it was acquired by Belk, which opened in a new mall expansion. Belk closed in September 2009. The Belk space was in turn occupied by Dillard's.

The mall was renovated in 2003, when the interior was modernized to introduce more sitting areas, and in 2004, when an entire escalator was moved from East Court near Starbucks to the Sears wing of the mall.

In June 2004, The Cheesecake Factory opened its 3rd Georgia location and first location outside of Atlanta at North Point. The store is located in the mall parking lot just beyond the parking deck. A walking path known as the "yellow brick road" connects the restaurant to the mall's Center Court.[3]

Midwestern luxury retailer Von Maur announced in October 2010 to gut the two-story former Lord and Taylor store and expand it to 140,000 square feet (13,000 m2) from 115,000 square feet (10,700 m2). The design includes reddish brick, a cupola and columns to echo Georgia and the South. The store opened November 2011.[4]

The former Parisian store converted to a 12 screen AMC Theatres featuring a MacGuffins bar, Recliners, Coca-Cola Freestyle, IMAX & ETX in September 2012.

Sears closed in June 2018.[5]

Carousel[edit]

A carousel that sits behind a floor-to-ceiling window in the food court was crafted in Brooklyn, New York by the Fabricon Carousel Company. The carousel's hand-painted fiberglass animals were modeled after those of a vintage Victorian carousel on Coney Island. It was shipped to Atlanta in December 1992 (originally to be displayed in the Perimeter Mall) and sat in a warehouse near Duluth, Georgia for 8 months. On August 1, 1993, it was brought to the then uncompleted North Point Mall, and was assembled in a huge unfinished, high-ceiling room that is now known as the Food Court. Shoppers saw it operate for the very first time a few weeks after the grand opening. The carousel was supposed to have been the centerpiece of the mall, however due to a broken part it did not operate until a few weeks after opening day of the mall.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "North Point Mall". Brookfield Properties Retail Group.
  2. ^ Stepp, Diane (October 20, 1993). "Atlanta's North Point Mall Opens with a Bang". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Knight Ridder.
  3. ^ "The Cheesecake Factory Opens in Alpharetta, Georgia" (Press release). The Cheesecake Factory. June 29, 2004.
  4. ^ Kass, Arielle (November 12, 2010). "Von Maur department store chain to enter Atlanta market". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  5. ^ Peterson, Hayley (May 19, 2018). "Sears is closing 42 stores in 26 states — here's the list". Business Insider.

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Coordinates: 34°02′53″N 84°17′41″W / 34.048012°N 84.294738°W / 34.048012; -84.294738