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Tysons Corner Center
Inside Tysons Corner Center: the expansion wing
Location McLean, Virginia, United States
Opening date 1968
Developer Lerner Enterprises
Owner Macerich
No. of stores and services 300+
No. of anchor tenants 5
Total retail floor area 2.4 million ft²
Parking Surfaced lots as well as 5 parking terraces
No. of floors 3

Tysons Corner Center, located in the Tysons Corner unincorporated area in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States (near McLean), opened to the public in 1968, becoming one of the first fully enclosed, climate-controlled shopping centers in the Washington Metropolitan Area. (The fully enclosed Iverson Mall in Hillcrest Heights, Maryland, opened in 1967.) It is the largest shopping mall in the state and in the Baltimore-Washington area.



Tysons Corner Center was one of the first super-regional malls in the country, drawing customers from a multi-state area. As of 2008, the mall's four department store anchors are Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, Macy's; and a recent expansion (opened 2005) off the former JCPenney structure is anchored by a 16-screen AMC multiplex movie theater, a Barnes and Noble bookstore, and an Old Navy. Tysons Corner Center is the largest mall in the metropolitan area and the 11th largest in the United States. A second, more upscale mall, called Tysons Galleria, operates across the street from Tysons Corner Center within the Tysons II office development (with many people referring to the mall itself as "Tysons II"); it opened in 1988. To distinguish, many call the original mall "Tysons I."

From its opening until the 1990s, the mall contained a wide and diverse retail mix. Discount chain Woolworth's operated a store in the mall until the entire chain went under in 1997. Hot Shoppes cafeteria also occupied space in the mall until 1998. These types of stores shared space with higher-end tenants such as Liz Claiborne and A/X Armani Exchange. In the 2000s, under the ownership of Wilmorite Properties, the mall re-tenanted with more upscale stores, reflecting the demographics of the surrounding area, and has served as the primary launchpad location for a number of successful retail chains. LL Bean opened its first full line department store outside of its Freeport, Maine headquarters in 2000. Apple opened the first of its retail stores at Tysons in 2001. Martin + Osa and Cusp by Neiman Marcus opened in 2006. MNG By Mango made their U.S. debut at Tysons in 2006 as well. In 2007, Canadian-based clothing retailer Garage opened its first U.S. store at Tysons. Many retailers have flagship stores at the mall, including Pottery Barn and Victoria's Secret.

Soon after Tysons Corner Center was constructed, the land surrounding the area — which had previously consisted of farms, auto dealers, and rural residences — became prime real estate, prompting the construction of hotels, office buildings, and apartment complexes. Some of the major retailers near Tysons Corner Center include Borders Books & Music, Crate and Barrel, Tiffany & Co., Hermes Paris, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci, some of whom are located in Fairfax Square.

The first Apple Store opened in Tysons Corner Center.

Originally, the mall consisted of 1.2 million square feet (110,000 m²) on one level, three department stores (Hecht's, Lansburgh's, and Woodward & Lothrop), and 100 specialty stores, including Jelleff's. In 1988, the mall was expanded to add a bottom floor, at which time Lord & Taylor and Nordstrom opened; this was the first Nordstrom east of the Mississippi River. Today, the mall has 2.1 million square feet (195,000 m²) of retail space on three levels, 16 movie screens, and nearly 300 stores. As part of the upcoming "Tysons Future" renovation and expansion plans, a glass elevator has been added to the Fashion Court (where the Nordstrom wing meets the main mall hallway), which opened on November 28, 2008.


Notable Openings

Future plans

The Washington Metro subway is being expanded westward to Tysons Corner and eventually to Dulles Airport. The Tysons Central 123 station on the Silver Line is planned to be on the north side of the shopping center where Tysons Boulevard crosses State Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road). There will be four stations in the Tysons Corner area. Utility relocation for the project began in 2008.

The Macerich Company, who acquired owner Wilmorite Properties in 2005, is developing Tysons Corner Center into a community location. There will be expansions for residential and commercial buildings, along with a hotel. There will also be slight expansions to the mall itself. The project will be completed in four stages and it is expected to be finished in 10 to 15 years, adding 3,500,000 sq ft (325,160 m2) of office, residential, and retail space.


  • AMC Theatres (105,122 sq ft., 16 screens) – opened 2005
  • Barnes & Noble (33,854 sq ft. on 2 floors) – opened 2005
  • Bloomingdale's (255,888 sq ft. on 3 floors with a small basement) – opened 1976
  • Lord & Taylor (119,500 sq ft. on 2 floors) – opened 1990
  • L.L. Bean (75,778 sq ft. on 2 floors) – opened 2000
  • Macy's (237,076 sq ft. on 3 floors) – opened 1968 (was Hecht's until 2006)
  • Nordstrom (200,000 sq ft. on 3 floors) – opened 1988
  • Old Navy (15,705 sq ft.) – opened 2005
  • Pottery Barn (17,294 sq ft.) – opened 2007

See also


  1. ^ "Nordstrom's newest." Daily News Record, (March 4, 1988) Ramey, Joanna
  2. ^ The Nordstrom Way (1996), 133
  3. ^ Apple Nearing Milestone Opening

External links

Coordinates: 38°55′02″N 77°13′20″W / 38.91713°N 77.22224°W / 38.91713; -77.22224


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