Tysons Galleria

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.

Shopping mall in Virginia, United States
Tysons Galleria

The Tysons Galleria area from the air.
Location 2001 International Drive, Tysons, Virginia, United States
Opening date October 6, 1988; 33 years ago (1988-10-06)
Developer Lerner Enterprises and Homart Development Company
Owner Brookfield Properties Retail Group
No. of stores and services 120+
No. of anchor tenants 2 (Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue)
Total retail floor area 800,000 sq ft (74,000 m2)
No. of floors 3
Public transit access Washington Metro:
at Tysons Corner
Metrobus: 23A, 23T, 28A
Fairfax Connector bus: 401, 402, 423, 462, 463, 721
Website http://www.tysonsgalleria.com/

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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 storesNeiman 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 that Macy’s would be closing as part of a plan to close 8 stores nationwide. The store closed March 25, 2019.[9]

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