Northgate Mall (Chattanooga)

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Northgate Mall
Location Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Opening date March 15, 1972
Developer Arlen Shopping Center Group
Management CBL & Associates Properties
Owner CBL & Associates Properties
No. of stores and services 120
No. of anchor tenants 6
Total retail floor area 820,000 square feet (76,180.5 m2)
No. of floors 2
Parking 4,500

Northgate Mall, also called Northgate, is an enclosed shopping mall in the Chattanooga, Tennessee suburb of Hixson. Opened on March 15, 1972, it was the second mall built in Chattanooga.[1]


Northgate Mall was built in 1972 on land originally intended for a drive-in movie theater by a predecessor to CBL & Associates Properties (CBL), Arlen Shopping Center Group. The mall was considered the northside competition to now-defunct Eastgate Mall and is now considered a sister property of CBL's Hamilton Place Mall.[2][3][4] Northgate was later sold by Arlen, being renovated in 1991 and 1997, and eventually ended up with General Growth Properties (GGP) in 2000.[2] After expanding Northgate between 2005 and 2008, GGP sold the mall to CBL for $11.5 million in September 2011.[2][3]

A 14-screen movie theater, owned by Carmike Cinemas, opened in 2005.[2][5] A new food court was proposed to go in where the Book Gallery is located, but it was never built.[6]

On April 13, 2009, a woman was killed after her car crashed into the Sears building. The woman entered the Northgate Mall entrance from Highway 153. The vehicle jumped a curb and sped toward Sears, where it crashed into the southwest corner of the building. The crash left a 3 by 4 feet (0.91 by 1.22 m) hole in the wall of the shoe storage area of the department store.[7]

In early 2013, Northgate underwent a planned multimillion-dollar major renovation, including new flooring, ceiling and lighting upgrades, and repainting, which were completed by Christmas 2013. A 70,000 square feet (6,503.2 m2) associated center, which is located directly across from Northgate's main entrance and has T.J. Maxx and added Ross Dress for Less, Michael's Arts & Crafts, and a brand-new facade in a related renovation, which was completed by the fall of 2013.[2][8]

In June 2013, Old Navy announced plans to move to Northgate.[9]

In January 2014, JC Penney announced plans to close their Northgate store in June. [10]

Anchors & Major Stores[edit]


  • Burlington Coat Factory 63,000 square feet (5,852.9 m2)
  • Carmike Cinemas (The movie theater was originally in an associated center directly across from the Northgate main entrance which closed in 2004 and then relocated behind Northgate in a brand-new stand-alone building in 2005)
  • Belk (Originally Miller's, then Hess's, and then Proffitt's) 90,496 square feet (8,407.4 m2)
  • Old Navy 14,700 square feet (1,365.7 m2)
  • Sears (Original anchor) 153,000 square feet (14,214.2 m2)


  1. ^ Jolley, Harmon (March 13, 2012). "Northgate Mall at 40". Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Staff (October 15, 2012). "CBL announces renovation and redevelopment plans for Northgate Mall in Chattanooga, TN". CBL and Associates. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Pare, Mike (September 22, 2011). "CBL buying Chattanooga's Northgate Mall". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Pare, Mike (August 5, 2012). "Hamilton Place-What a history: CBL flagship celebrates 25 years as regional centerpiece". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  5. ^ GGP Leasing Information
  6. ^ "Northgate Mall plans six-tenant food court, welcomes new retailers". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  7. ^ Simms, Richard (April 13, 2009). "Deadly Crash Into Northgate Sears Building". NewsChannel 9. Archived from the original on April 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  8. ^ Pare, Mike (October 14, 2012). "Chattanooga's Northgate Mall to get multimillion dollar revamp". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Old Navy sets sail to Northgate". Chattanooga Times Free Press. 8 June 2013. Archived from the original on 3 March 2014. 
  10. ^ Pare, Mike. "Northgate J.C. Penney to close". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 

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Coordinates: 35°07′48″N 85°14′24″W / 35.130°N 85.240°W / 35.130; -85.240