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; 31 years ago (1988-10-06)
DeveloperLerner Enterprises and Homart Development Company
OwnerBrookfield Properties Retail Group
No. of stores and services120+
No. of anchor tenants3
Total retail floor area800,000 sq ft (74,000 m2)
No. of floors3
Public transit accessWMATA Metro Logo.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". It was previously known as It had annual sales of $262 per square foot, below the market average for malls in the Washington metropolitan area in the early 1990s.[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 that Macy's would be closing as part of a plan to close 8 stores nationwide. The store closed March 25, 2019.[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, much like in the nearby Fashion Centre at Pentagon City in Arlington. 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 Bottega Veneta, Chanel, David Yurman, De Beers, Elie Tahari, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tory Burch, and Versace, have their only statewide and Baltimore-Washington area boutiques in Tysons Galleria. Similarly, some high-end watch makers, including Breguet and Girard-Perregaux, have their only regional point of sale in Tysons Galleria.[citation needed]

The mall is anchored by Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. The mall's largest anchor store, Macy's, closed March 25, 2019.

In early 2018, famed chef[dubious ] Mike Isabella opened Isabella Eatery, a food hall with nine mini restaurants on the third floor that replaced the aging food court. By August, it was downsized to a dining-hall combined menu. The entire endeavor was abruptly closed on August 24 due to the fallout of sexual-harassment scandals that caused Isabella's personal bankruptcy and bounced paychecks.[better source needed][10][discuss] It reopened several months later as Urban Space, with expansive open seating areas and some new restaurants redeveloped from the failed nine original Isabella kitchens.[citation needed]

Until its closure, the Macy's at Tysons Galleria was located across the street from the Macy's in neighboring Tysons Corner Center (which was originally a Hecht's).[11]

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 Pressler, M. (1995) "The Galleria: Upscale and Onward; Owner of Former Tysons II Has Renewed Determination To Make It an Exclusive Mall" 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 Mar 20, 2009. Retrieved Mar 5, 2020.
  8. ^ "Tysons Galleria in McLean, VA". Washingtonpost.com. 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. ^ Sidman, Jessica; Spiegel, Anna (Aug 24, 2018). "Mike Isabella Is Closing His Mega Tysons Corner Food Hall Today". Retrieved Mar 5, 2020.
  11. ^ Katie Wilmeth (September 6, 2006). "Tysons doubles up on Macy's". Washington Examiner. Retrieved April 20, 2011.

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