Tysons Corner Center, located between McLean and Vienna in Fairfax County, VA, opened its doors to the public in 1968. It was the first fully enclosed and climate-controlled shopping mall in the entire Washington Metropolitan Area. It remains the largest shopping mall in VA and the entire Baltimore-Washington region. The mall is strategically located 12.5 miles from the CBD of Washington DC and neighbors the amazing Tysons Galleria Mall just across the Chain Bridge Road.
With direct access to the Metro’s Silver Line, the shopping mall remains Virginia’s premier shopping destination. It houses more than 300 shopping, entertainment, and dining destinations, including but not limited to Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Uniqlo, Louis Vuitton, Apple, The Disney Store, H&M, Charles Tyrwhitt and many more.
The malls and other small shops within the center offer a wide range of quality goods you need. Walking through the mall also offers you a fantastic chance to discover a few things you didn’t know you needed. From everyday brands to some of the most luxurious items, Tysons Corner Center has got your shopping needs covered.
Brief History About Tysons Corner Center
Tysons Corner Center was one of the first state-of-the-art regional malls to be constructed in the United States, drawing customers from different states. The center’s four main department store anchors are Bloomingdale’s Nordstrom, Macy’s, and another vacant anchor vacated by Lord & Taylor. Today, Tyson Corner Center is the 10th largest mall in the United States.
The mall originally had five courts, namely Fashion Court, Aviary Court, the Clock Court located near Woodie’s entrance, the Umbrella Court in front of Lansburgh’s, and the Fountain Court in front of Hecht’s. The mall has undergone massive renovations since its inception in 1968. The few remaining pieces of the original architecture and infrastructure of the 1968 mall are the escalators between the second and third floors of the Bloomingdale’s.
Soon after the mall was completed, the surrounding areas, which consisted of farms and rural residences, transformed into a prime real estate area prompting the construction of five-star hotels, apartment complexes, and office buildings.
Originally, Tysons Corner Center consisted of approximately 1.2 million square feet on one level, three department stores, and approximately 100 specialty stores. In 1988, the mall was expanded to add a second floor. Lately, a glass elevator has been added to the amazing Fashion Court as part of the “Tysons Future” expansion plans.
The Silver Line (Washington Metro Subway) recently expanded to Tysons Corner Center, and plans are in place to extend it to Dulles Airport and beyond. The Silver Line and the Tysons Corner Station are on the northern side of the shopping complex, where the famous Tysons Boulevard crosses Chain Bridge Road.
The Macerich Company that purchased Wilmorite Properties in 2005 is currently transforming the Tysons Corner Center into a community location. Plans are underway to expand the residential and commercial buildings and make the surrounding hotels world-class. There may also be slight expansions to the mall itself in the future.
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