Galleria at Tysons II to Tysons Galleria
2001 International Drive, McLean, VA, 22102
Facility built: 1988
Facility opening: 1997
stores in former: Foot Locker, FAO Schwartz, Lane Bryant, Express, The
Limited, County Seat, Accessory Lady
stores: Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue
Corner is the mall scenario that best matches what is going on at the
Natick Mall. On one side of the street lies the Tysons Corner Mall, a
middle-class mall that resembles the Natick Mall: a decent variety of
anchors and mainstream retailers. On the other side lies the Tysons
Galleria, a successful, upscale mall that boasts its own Ritz Carlton.
But the situation wasn't always this way...
By the mid-1980s, the Tysons Corner area was booming, and plans were
underway to construct a new upscale mall to compliment the existing
Tysons Corner Mall. The mall secured Macy's, Neiman Marcus, and Saks
Fifth Avenue as anchor tenants, along with extensive marble and glass
to bring forth the upscale feel. The project, known as The Galleria at
Tysons II, opened in 1988.
But the facility wasn't a success from the get-go. Just as construction
was completed, the luxury retailing sector plummeted. To ensure that
the mall would not open with numerous vacancies, the mall's owners
signed generic tenants like Sunglass Hut and Foot Locker to fill spaces
in the mall. While adding basic tenants did fill vacancies, they caused
an even bigger problem in that many tenants had locations directly
across the street at the Tysons Corner Mall.
The problem needed to be resolved, but it wasn't going to happen all at
once. In 1992, Homart Development gained control of the mall, and in
1995, made big plans for its future. This time, the timing was in the
mall's favor, with the booming economy of the mid to late 90's in
effect. First, the name was changed: from the long Galleria at Tysons
II to the shorter Tysons Galleria. Homart planned to scrap nearly all
of the repeat tenants, while bringing in new upscale retailers that
were exclusive to the Washington area. At the same time, Homart planned
to make the mall's massive facade more inviting by incorporating
European styling to give the building an inviting look. Lastly, Homart
planned to add Legal Sea Foods and Maggiano's Little Italy to the
retail mix at the complex, giving shoppers reason to spend more time at
But despite Homart's intentions, the renovations were put on hold as
the entire company was sold to (then) Des Moines, IA-based General
Growth Properties in December 1995. General Growth fired the mall's
general manager, and began to work on their own plan to redesign the
mall. Eventually, it would be very similar: exterior renovations were
made to the mall corridor, restaurants including P.F. Chang's China
Bistro, Legal Sea Foods, Corner Bakery Cafe, Maggiano's Little Italy,
and Daily Grill; and an exclusive, upscale lineup.
My Pictures: August 7, 2006
The main entrance to Tysons
Galleria. On the left of the entrance is Legal Sea Foods, to the right
is P.F. Chang's China Bistro.
Another picture of the mall's entrance.
The Macy's anchor store. The store was built prior to the national
expansion of the Macy's brand, thus the store was well respected when
it opened in 1988.
The large building in the middle would be Saks Fifth Avenue. Off to the
end is Neiman Marcus.
Here's the mall's interior.
The entrance to the top floor of the mall's parking garage. Tysons
Galleria was constructed around office buildings, giving it the feel of
upscale centers like Newport Beach, CA's Fashion Island; not to mention
numerous dining options for employees on a lunch break.
Saks at night, with a better view of Neiman Marcus off at the end.
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