Plaza Fiesta

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Plaza Fiesta vendor space, May 2013
Religious statuary store in Plaza Fiesta, May 2013

Plaza Fiesta is a 350,000 square feet (33,000 m2) strip mall in DeKalb County, Georgia on the eastern border of the city of Brookhaven, on Buford Highway and Clairmont Road. The mall contains a large supermarket ("farmers market"), several large discount stores, and a large space filled with over 140[1] small vendors, modeled on a Mexican mercado or flea market. According to newspaper Creative Loafing, "to Atlanta's immigrant population, Plaza Fiesta has become as vital a shopping destination as Lenox Square or the Mall of Georgia."[2]

The mall has the largest indoor playground in Georgia.

The mall opened in 1968 as the Buford-Clairmont Mall and included a movie theater. Tenants included Woolco which later became a Burlington Coat Factory. Later the mall became "Outlet Square" and included a Winn-Dixie supermarket. In 1996, new owners turned the mall into "Oriental Mall", modeled after a crowded Hong Kong street. In 2000 new owners spend $11 million to transform Oriental Mall into Plaza Fiesta. A Publix supermarket closed in 2005.[2] Marshall's closed in the early 2010s as it opened a store in nearby Town Brookhaven.[3]

2013 saw a number of openings at the plaza, including the Shoppers World discount store, Planet Fitness gym, and Ross Dress for Less.[4] That same year, the mall reported over 4 million visitors[5]. The mall attracts shoppers from as far as North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Plaza Fiesta official website
  2. ^ a b "Plaza Fiesta!: How a doomed strip mall became ground zero for a cultural revolution", Alyssa Abkowitz, June 21, 2006, Creative Loafing
  3. ^ "Shopportunity comes to North DeKalb, ToneToATL, September 14, 2010
  4. ^ "National Names Joining the Party at Plaza Fiesta", ToneToATL, January 14, 2013
  5. ^ "Food - A newbie's guide to eating at Plaza Fiesta | Atlanta Creative Loafing". Atlanta Creative Loafing. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  6. ^ "The Mall of the Future…on Buford Highway? | 90.1 FM WABE". 90.1 FM WABE. 2015-01-15. Retrieved 2018-10-19.

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Coordinates: 33°51′51.60″N 84°18′27.60″W / 33.8643333°N 84.3076667°W / 33.8643333; -84.3076667