Tysons Galleria

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Tysons Galleria
Tyson's Corner from cruising altitude.jpg
The Tysons Galleria area from the air.
Location2001 International Drive, Tysons, Virginia, United States
Opening dateOctober 6, 1988; 33 years ago (1988-10-06)
DeveloperLerner Enterprises and Homart Development Company
OwnerBrookfield Properties Retail Group
No. of stores and services120+
No. of anchor tenants2 (Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue)
Total retail floor area800,000 sq ft (74,000 m2)
No. of floors3
Public transit accessWMATA Metro Logo small.svg Washington Metro:
WMATA Silver.svg at Tysons Corner
Bus transport Metrobus: 23A, 23T, 28A
Bus transport Fairfax Connector bus: 401, 402, 423, 462, 463, 721
Websitehttp://www.tysonsgalleria.com/

Tysons Galleria is a three-level super-regional mall owned by Brookfield Properties Retail Group located at 2001 International Drive in Tysons, Virginia. It is the second-largest mall in Tysons, and one of the largest in the Washington metropolitan area.

History[edit]

Tysons Galleria was the third major project of the Gudelsky-Lerner partnership. The property was purchased from The Rouse Company which lost a bitter zoning dispute over the site in 1963.[1] In 1981, Lerner bought out the partnership for $21 million, before embarking on a $550 million expansion.[2] It was constructed across Virginia State Route 123 from the existing Tysons Corner Center, which was then undergoing a $160 million expansion.

Anchor store Macy's opened first, on September 1, 1988.[3] The rest of the mall opened a month later, on October 6, 1988 as the Galleria at Tysons II,[4] adding high-end anchor department stores Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. The mall is a part of the $500 million ($1 billion in 2014 dollars) office development The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II, leading regional residents to refer to Tysons Galleria as "Tysons II",[5] and the older Tysons Corner Center retroactively as "Tysons I". In the early 1990s, the shopping center had annual sales of $262 per square foot, below the market average for malls in the Washington metropolitan area during this time period.[6]

The Galleria was renovated to appear more like a "European streetscape" and expanded in 1997 by Homart Development Company, who had its name changed to Tysons Galleria. Its interior was lightly remodeled to appear less like a "space walk".[4]

The mall eventually attracted the high-end tenants that it had hoped for. National Geographic stated in its December 2002 issue that "Tysons Galleria is the Rodeo Drive of the East Coast."[7] The Washington Post describes it as a "bright and elegant Fifth Avenue-like mall".[8] Tysons Galleria was rated one of the top 15 sales-producing shopping centers in terms of dollars per square foot by WWD in 2003.[7]

On January 10, 2019, it was announced Macy's, which has maintained a separate location across the street, would close, and be reconstructed into mall space, featuring tenants such as Restoration Hardware Arhaus, Bowlero, and a movie theater.[9]

Layout and tenants[edit]

Restaurant storefronts at Tysons Galleria
Interior of Tysons Galleria

Tysons Galleria features valet parking and concierge services, including having large purchases delivered and organized into customers' closets.[4] The mall has given consistently big-spending customers reserved parking spaces.[4] The Galleria also has foreign currency exchanges, day spas, security escorts, and taxi services. An adjacent Ritz-Carlton hotel is accessible from inside the mall. The hotel attracts wealthy visitors from Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East, who in turn help fuel sales of the mall's high-end goods.[4]

FAO Schwarz operated a three-level store that closed in 2001. The mall also had one of the original locations of Tiffany & Co.'s Iridesse.[citation needed]

Several designers, including Bally, Balenciaga, Burberry, Bottega Veneta, Cartier, Celine, Chanel, Crate & Barrel, David Yurman, De Beers, Elie Tahari, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Saint Laurent, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tory Burch, Vilebrequin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tumi and Versace, have some of the only statewide and Baltimore-Washington area boutiques in Tysons Galleria or the largest of the areas locations.[10][better source needed]

The mall is anchored by Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "H. Max Ammerman Dies; Development Suburban Malls". The Washington Post. 1 November 1988.
  2. ^ "Wheaton Plaza Partners Sue Developer Theodore Lerner: Wheaton Plaza Shopping Mall Partners Sue Developer Theodore Lerner for $30 Million". The Washington Post. 7 June 1995.
  3. ^ Richardson, Lynda (1988-09-02). "Macy'S And A Cast Of Hundreds". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  4. ^ a b c d e Margaret Webb Pressler (May 15, 1995). "The Galleria: Upscale and Onward". The Washington Post.
  5. ^ Downey, K. (1988) "Tysons Center Gathers Reinforcements for Battle With Galleria" The Washington Post
  6. ^ Pressler, M. (1996) "Renovation at Tysons Galleria Slows as Owners Assess Options" The Washington Post
  7. ^ a b "Tysons Galleria" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 20, 2009. Retrieved Mar 5, 2020.
  8. ^ "Tysons Galleria in McLean, VA". Washingtonpost.com. Archived from the original on 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  9. ^ Hanbury, Mary (January 10, 2019). "Macy's is closing eight stores early this year - here's the full list". Business Insider. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  10. ^ "Tysons Galleria Directory & Map | Tysons Galleria".

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Coordinates: 38°55′26″N 77°13′30″W / 38.92391°N 77.22505°W / 38.92391; -77.22505