Tysons Corner Center, now a 2.4 million mixed-use development and still growing, still ranks as one of the nation's 10 largest malls, and the largest in the Washington area.
WASHINGTON — Tysons Corner Center opened July 25, 1968, and was proclaimed the largest shopping center in the United States at 1.2 million square feet.
Tysons Corner Center, now a 2.4 million mixed-use development and still growing, still ranks as one of the nation’s 10 largest malls, and the largest in the Washington area.
When Tysons Corner Center opened, the mall had just 35 stores. It was anchored by the retail giants of the time: Woodward & Lothrop, Hecht’s and Lansburg’s. The original mall was on just one level, although the three anchor department stores each had three levels.
Nordstrom opened its first East Coast store in 1988
L.L. Bean opened its first retail store outside of Maine in 2000
Apple chose Tysons Corner Center for its first retail store in the nation in 2001
Microsoft’s first East Coast retail store in 2011
In 2012, Spanx opened its first-ever retail store
Tysons Corner Center has an assessed value of more than $1 billion, making it the most valuable piece of real estate in the Washington area.
It also pays roughly $19 million a year in property taxes, making it one of the 100 largest property tax payers in the nation, and the third largest among shopping malls, behind only Mall of America and Schaumburg, Illinois’ Woodfield Mall.
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