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Perimeter Mall

Perimeter Mall is an upscale shopping mall in Perimeter Center, Dunwoody, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, near the interchange of Interstate 285 (the Perimeter) and Georgia State Route 400. It is the second largest shopping mall in the state of Georgia, the largest being the Mall of Georgia in Buford, Georgia.

Perimeter Mall
Perimeter Mall.jpg
Interior of Perimeter Mall
Location Dunwoody, Georgia, USA
Opening date 1971; 47 years ago (1971)
Management Brookfield Properties Retail Group
Owner Brookfield Properties Retail Group
No. of stores and services 158
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 1,564,046 sq ft (145,304.6 m2)
No. of floors 2 (anchors have 3)
Parking 7,700
Public transit access MARTA:
at Dunwoody station
Website www.perimetermall.com
[1]

The mall is anchored by Dillard's, Nordstrom, Von Maur, and Macy's.

Perimeter Mall is different from other shopping malls in Atlanta in that the front side of the mall includes an area for open-air shops, upscale restaurants, and salons, connected by gardens and paths. It also features valet parking.

It can be accessed by MARTA's Dunwoody station, which opened at the southwest corner of its parking lot in 1996.

HistoryEdit

Perimeter Mall opened in 1971 and was the fourth mall to open in DeKalb County, after Avondale Mall in 1964, North DeKalb Mall in 1965, and the Gallery at South DeKalb in 1968. Its original anchor stores were Rich's and J. C. Penney, which made it very similar in design and layout to the nearby Greenbriar Mall. Perimeter Mall was the first mall in metro Atlanta to be located outside of I-285.

In 1977, the first Great American Cookie Company store opened at the mall.[2]

In 1982, an additional wing that included a Davison's was added. This gave the mall a T shape.

In 1998, the mall was expanded again.[3]

In February 1998, Nordstrom's opened its first location in the Southeast, a 230,000 square foot store in the mall.[4]

JCPenney left the mall around 2002, and the store was demolished to make way for a new Dillard's, which opened in 2005.

Urban Shopping Centers sold the mall to The Rouse Company in 2002. It was sold to General Growth Properties in 2003.

On January 4, 2012, Bloomingdale's announced that it will close its location in the mall. On the next day, January 5, Von Maur announced that it would be taking over that location and setting up its second location in Georgia at the mall.[5][6]

In 2013, the food court was renovated and a Chipotle Mexican Grill was added.[7]

In 2015-2016, the mall underwent renovations including new ceramic flooring, new lighting, modern seating areas, updated restrooms and new signage. Some of what will be replaced is the mall's original 1970s decor.[8]

In March 2016, the Pinkberry location in the mall closed. It had opened in 2014.[9]

In March 2017, the Bebe Stores location in the mall closed.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Perimeter Mall". Brookfield Properties Retail Group.
  2. ^ Newmark, Avery (May 18, 2018). "8 things you didn't know about Atlanta's Great American Cookies". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  3. ^ Lamm, Marcy (June 15, 1998). "Malls lead the way as shopping habits undergo revolution". American City Business Journals.
  4. ^ "Development Digest". National Real Estate Investor. March 1, 1998.
  5. ^ Kass, Arielle (January 5, 2012). "Von Maur to replace Bloomingdale's at Perimeter Mall". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  6. ^ "Perimeter Mall Bloomingdale's closing". American City Business Journals. January 4, 2012.
  7. ^ Murchison, Adrianne (September 12, 2013). "Popular Chipotle Opens Another Area Restaurant Inside Perimeter Mall". Patch Media.
  8. ^ Kendall, Janet Jones (April 17, 2015). "Renovations will boost Perimeter Mall". American City Business Journals.
  9. ^ Zusel, Yvonne (March 1, 2016). "Pinkberry closes at Perimeter Mall, Freshii closes at Lenox Square". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  10. ^ Northam, Mitchell (April 21, 2017). "Bebe closes stores across nation; 63 jobs impacted in Georgia". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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