Springfield Town Center

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Springfield Town Center
Springfield Town Center and environs, October 24, 2014 - 3.jpeg
Interior of the Springfield Town Center, second level
Location Springfield, Virginia, United States
Coordinates 38°46′28″N 77°10′30″W / 38.774558°N 77.1749812°W / 38.774558; -77.1749812Coordinates: 38°46′28″N 77°10′30″W / 38.774558°N 77.1749812°W / 38.774558; -77.1749812
Address 6500 Springfield Mall, Springfield, VA, 22150
Opening date

1973 (Original mall)

2014 (Town Center)
Developer Arthur M. Fischer Inc. and Franconia Associates
Management PREIT
No. of stores and services 250+ at peak
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 1,700,000 sq ft (160,000 m2)
No. of floors 2 of retail
Parking 8,100 parking spaces (2 four-level parking garages plus uncovered lots)

Springfield Town Center is a shopping center in Springfield, Virginia. It opened in 1973 as Springfield Mall, an enclosed shopping mall, which closed on June 30, 2012 as part of a multimillion-dollar redevelopment plan to turn it into a multifaceted "Town Center"-style shopping center with a main indoor area similar to the nearby Tysons Corner Center and Dulles Town Center, while transforming the exterior into a pedestrian friendly environment with restaurants with cafe style outdoor seating and entrances.[1] It is located at the intersection of Interstate 95 and Franconia Road (Route 644), which is part of the Springfield Interchange, 1/4 mile north of Franconia-Springfield Parkway (State Route 289) and the Franconia-Springfield Metro station. The mall reopened on October 17, 2014 following its two-year renovation.

The main entrance of the revitalized Springfield Town Center

Original anchors were Lansburgh's (later E.J. Korvette),[2][3] Garfinckel's (later Sports Authority), J.C. Penney, and Montgomery Ward (later Target). Macy's was added in 1991.[4]

Prince Charles and Princess Diana visited the JCPenney store at the mall on November 11, 1985, during their famous American tour.[5] However, the mall's fortunes declined in the 1990s and 2000s. Its DMV office was where Hani Hanjour and Khalid al-Mihdhar, two of the hijackers in the September 11 attacks, illegally obtained state identification.[6] The mall also experienced two gang-related stabbings in 2005,[7] a fatal shooting in December 2007,[8] and a fatal carjacking in September 2008.[9]

One of the largest malls in Northern Virginia, it was owned and operated by Vornado Realty Trust. In 2005, Vornado purchased an option valued at $36 million to buy the mall from the previous owners Franconia Two LP.[10] In early 2006, Vornado purchased the mall for an additional $80 million along with plans to redevelop.[11]

In March 2012, Vornado announced plans to close all but the three anchor stores starting on July 1, ahead of the two-year renovation and redevelopment, which is part of a decade-long plan intended to turn the Mall and its surrounding area into the new Springfield Town Center.[12] Springfield Town Center re-opened as scheduled on October 17, 2014.[13][14]

In March 2014, Vornado announced plans to sell Springfield Town Center to Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust for $465 million, with the deal slated to close in March 2015.[15]


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  7. ^ "Police Make Arrest In Springfield Mall Stabbing Incident". nbc4.com. 1 December 2005. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Jackman, Tom (April 26, 2008). "2 Indicted in Alleged Gang Killing at Springfield Mall". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 23, 2010. 
  9. ^ Duggan, Paul (September 15, 2008). "Woodbridge Man Charged In Fatal Virginia Carjacking". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ Hedgpeth, Dana (November 1, 2005). "Firm Makes Deal For Springfield Mall". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 23, 2010. 
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  12. ^ "Aging Springfield Mall to close all stores but anchors for renovations". WTOP. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  13. ^ Bhattarai, Abha (4 September 2014). "Springfield Town Center reopens Oct. 17. Here’s what it looks like now.". The Washington Post. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
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  15. ^ Van Allen, Peter (March 4, 2014). "PREIT will pay $465M for Virginia mall". Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 

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