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Greenbriar Mall is a shopping mall in the Greenbriar neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia that opened in 1965. Anchor stores include Burlington Coat Factory and Macy's. It is also the home of the original Chick-fil-A location.

Greenbriar Mall
Back Entrance
LocationAtlanta, Georgia, USA
Opening date1965
OwnerHendon Properties
No. of stores and services100+
No. of anchor tenants3
Total retail floor area678,072 sq ft (62,995.0 m2)
No. of floors1

Early yearsEdit

Greenbriar Center opened in August/September 1965 as Atlanta's third enclosed mall, after North Dekalb Center, in July 1965, and Columbia Mall, in August 1965. The mall was designed by Atlanta architect John Portman's firm Edwards and Portman.[1] The design of the mall was like many of the early malls in Atlanta, with an anchor store on each end and an enclosed concourse. The complex opened with Rich's on the east end and JCPenney on the west. It was the second-largest suburban Rich's when it first opened. JCPenney closed their store on September 28, 1985 after 20 years of operation. In 1987, Uptons took over the former JCPenney site and a Circuit City store opened outside the mall. In mid-1992, Cub Foods opened a location on a mall outlot facing Lakewood Freeway. Later in 1992, the Uptons and McCrory's stores in the mall closed for good. A Burlington Coat Factory store opened on September 1, 1995, and remains as of 2015.

Greenbriar Mall housed the very first Chick-fil-A location. Local Atlanta businessman S. Truett Cathy took the chicken sandwiches served at his Dwarf House in nearby Hapeville and opened the Greenbriar store in 1967.[2] Record Bar opened one of its stores there, to be later supplanted by Camelot Music. There was also a Happy Herman's Liquor Store, a Woolworth's dimestore and a branch of the Atlanta Public Library.

In 1996 a Magic Johnson Theatres multiplex opened at the mall,[3] and in 2002 Magic Johnson himself made an unsuccessful effort to buy the mall[4] but the theatres, unable to recover after the Great Recession, (by then managed by AMC Theatres) closed in 2009.[5] At that point the mall was seen as a somewhat stagnated property, although still mostly occupied.[6]


  1. ^ "Shopping Center Architecture", New Georgia Encyclopedia, May 29, 2008.
  2. ^ "Greenbriar Mall location opens".
  3. ^ Sheila M. Poole, "Magic Johnson Theaters Could Be Magnet for Atlanta Commercial Development," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, also reprinted by Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News, November 22, 1996  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  4. ^ "`Magic' Johnson Tries to Buy Atlanta Mall," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, also reprinted by Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News, September 7, 2002  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  5. ^ Rachel Tobin Ramos, "Magic Johnson cinema at Greenbriar Mall to close", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 6, 2009.
  6. ^ Bill Torpy, "Greenbriar Mall boosters hope for its survival", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 21, 2009.

Coordinates: 33°41′18″N 84°29′36″W / 33.6884°N 84.4933°W / 33.6884; -84.4933