Northgate Mall (Durham)

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Northgate Mall
NorthGate Mall 2015.png
Location Durham, North Carolina, USA
Opening date 1960, enclosed 1974
Developer W. Kenan Rand
Management Northgate Associates
Owner Northgate Associates
No. of stores and services 100+
No. of anchor tenants 2
Total retail floor area 900,000 square feet
No. of floors 1, Macy's and Sears have 2
Parking 5,000+ spaces

Northgate Mall is a regional shopping mall located off Interstate 85 and Gregson Street (exit 176) in northern Durham, North Carolina, United States. The mall is in close proximity to Duke University and downtown Durham, between the Trinity Park and Walltown neighborhoods.

Venetian Carousel at Northgate Mall
Stadium 10 cinema at Northgate Mall.


Northgate opened in 1960 as a traditional open air strip shopping center developed by W. Kenan Rand. The original center ran perpendicular to W. Club Blvd. Original tenants included Colonial Stores, Roses, Kerr Drug and eventually a cinema opened in 1962. In 1973 facing increased competition from other enclosed shopping centers, developers decided to add a Sears and Thalhimers department store and built an enclosure connecting the two stores. Thalhimers relocated to a newer store in the mall in 1986, and Hecht's was added in 1994 on the site formerly occupied by Roses.[1] Thalhimers' newer store became Hudson Belk, which left the mall in 2005 and was replaced by a Phoenix Theaters;[2] its wing was renovated into an outdoor plaza. Also that year, the Harris Teeter closed, becoming a C&H Cafeteria and Guitar Center and an Office Depot that replaced OfficeMax. This section was renamed "The Shops at Northgate."

Plaza Entrance to Mall

Adjacent to the mall are "The Shops at Northgate" a strip-style plaza on the property's west side which includes Guitar Center, C&H Cafeteria, a regional cafeteria chain, and Office Depot. In the 2000s, the tenant mix of the mall has shifted from national chains to more mom-and-pop stores. [3] Additionally, the demise of South Square Mall has helped Northgate because competition remains to be farther away now. However, crime at the mall remains to be seen as an issue. Local news reports say that the mall has had five violent incidents in the last five years, including a fatal stabbing in 2007, many of these provoked by fights and teen violence. [4]

Northgate Mall's new parking deck.



  1. ^ "Northgate Mall History". Northgate Associates. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Northgate Mall plans $13M facelift - Triangle Business Journal". Triangle Business Journal. Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  3. ^ Endangered Durham. "Northgate Mall". Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Shropshire, Fred (6 September 2011). "Teens arrested in mall shooting". WTVD-TV. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 

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